Sheffield, Ashton-under-Lyne and Manchester Railway

Introduction

This line ran from Sheffield to Manchester via the famous Woodhead tunnel; the line was known as the Woodhead Route. The company was one of the founder members of the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincoln Railway which became the Great Central Railway upon its extension to London. The line was later electrified with DC to reduce costs.

However, much of the route, including the tunnel, is now closed.

Following Corus recent announcement (29/04/2003) of the (partial?) closure of Stocksbridge Steelworks the remaining Sheffield to Deepcar section must be under some degree of threat.






Locations along the line

These locations are along the line.








At the east/south end of the closed portion of the Woodhead Route is the former Deepcar station. The station can be seen in the distance in this 2002 ...
Ewan Crawford //2002
Looking north towards Penistone from just north of Deepcar in 2002. Judging by the remaining ballast here it looks like the southbound track remained ...
Ewan Crawford 12/03/2002






The former main entrance to the Woodhead line platforms at Penistone Station in November 2014, showing the supports and stonework cut-outs where a ...
David Pesterfield 28/11/2014
The nearest it was possible to get to recreate my photo of 30 years earlier showing the limit of remaining track heading west from Penistone Station, ...
David Pesterfield 19/05/2018
Many changes have taken place around Penistone Station and surrounding railway environs, as seen in the attached view of the location of the former ...
David Pesterfield 19/05/2018
A closer view, looking west along the Trans Pennine Trail created along the trackbed of the former Manchester to Sheffield and Wath via Woodhead ...
David Pesterfield 19/05/2018


A display board sited near the former Hazelhead Bridge station detailing the Trans Pennine Trail now running along the trackbed of the Manchester to ...
David Pesterfield 01/06/2016
Looking west along the very wide section of former trackbed and sidings close to the site of Hazelhead Bridge Station, on the Manchester to Sheffield ...
David Pesterfield 01/06/2016
View south from the former trackbed of the Manchester to Sheffield and Wath 1500V DC electrified line, showing the former Hazelhead Station Masters ...
David Pesterfield 01/06/2016


View, from the junction of the A628 Woodhead Pass and the road passing Dunford Bridge Station, towards Round Hill in October 2018. The distant ...
David Pesterfield 20/10/2018


Looking south across Woodhead Reservoir, from the A6024 Woodhead Road running from Holmfirth to the A628, showing the trackbed of the former Woodhead ...
David Pesterfield 18/01/2017
Looking east along Woodhead Reservoir, from the A6024 Woodhead Road running from Holmfirth, showing the trackbed of the former Manchester to Sheffield ...
David Pesterfield 18/01/2017
A wintry scene at the site of Woodhead station - [see image 26133].
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John Thorn 08/03/2016
Looking into the northern (eastbound) tunnel at Woodhead in 2002. ...
Ewan Crawford //2002

Looking at a very well built, and still in use, underbridge running through the embankment of the former Woodhead line a short distance to the west of ...
David Pesterfield 18/01/2017

Northern 323238 approaches Hadfield on 16th June 2017 with a service that will quickly return to Piccadilly via Glossop. In the foreground a ...
Mark Bartlett 19/06/2017
Looking back towards Manchester from the platform at Hadfield. This was once of course the Woodhead main line but is now a single track from the ...
Mark Bartlett 01/09/2015
Class 323 25kv EMU 323228 at Hadfield on 1st September 2015 about to depart for Manchester. [See image 21021] from 1983 at this location. ...
Mark Bartlett 01/09/2015
Hadfield, looking east at the closed route to Penistone via Woodhead. ...
John Yellowlees 26/03/2016


When first preserved, 6115 Scots Guardsman spent some time in the early 1970s at the preservation site at Dinting. Seen in May 1972 with the ...
John Thorn /05/1972
Another grab shot from a Hadfield bound train at Dinting on 16th June 2017. This view looks across to the Glossop branch platform, which the train had ...
Mark Bartlett 23/06/2017
Grab shot from a Hadfield train of the main line platform at Dinting on 16th June 2017. This platform is still used by a few rush hour trains ...
Mark Bartlett 16/06/2017
6115 Scots Guardsman in the display shed at the former Dinting Railway Centre on 5 January 1980. Other locomotives on display that day included ...
David Pesterfield 05/01/1980


Northern EMU 323232 calls at Broadbottom whilst on a Piccadilly to Hadfield service on 06 April 2019. The grandiose station building appears out of ...
John McIntyre 06/04/2019
323223 heads east from Broadbottom towards Dinting on a Glossop and Hadfield service. The EMU is just about to pass the old goods shed, now in ...
Mark Bartlett 28/12/2012
The 1847 station building at Broadbottom is in near original external condition, despite a pub having been incorporated into part of the building. The ...
Mark Bartlett 28/12/2012










A Class 323 EMU heads west from Guide Bridge heading for Piccadilly on 02 June 2018. The unit is passing Guide Bridge Station Jct which leads to ...
John McIntyre 02/06/2018
A Manchester to Hadfield service departs Guide Bridge on 02 June 2018 under OHL structures that formerly supported the Manchester to Sheffield and ...
John McIntyre 02/06/2018
142057 leads a four car Pacer set into Guide Bridge, en route to Rose Hill (Marple). The train is just passing Guide Bridge Station Junction, where ...
Mark Bartlett 20/06/2017
Looking east along the Sheffield platform at Guide Bridge as a Rose Hill bound Pacer pulls in on 16th June 2017. This station once had four ...
Mark Bartlett 16/06/2017






Passing Ashburys and heading to Piccadilly is a Northern Pacer unit on a service from Rose Hill Marple on 02 June 2018. ...
John McIntyre 02/06/2018
A TPE Class 185 crosses Ashburys West Jct on 02 June 2018 with the 1617 hrs Manchester Piccadilly to Leeds service. The platforms of Ashburys station ...
John McIntyre 02/06/2018
Network Rail 'Rail Operating Centre' next to Ashburys station in Manchester as seen on 02 June 2018. I am of a mind to call this a 21st Century ...
John McIntyre 02/06/2018
What is thought to be the BR (LMR) 'Midland Line Centenary Special' of 9 June 1968 approaching Ashburys station behind Britannia Pacific no 70013 ...
K A Gray 09/06/1968


If you search hard enough around the back streets of East Manchester you may eventually find the entrance to Ardwick station. A main road runs close ...
Mark Bartlett 03/08/2011
A Rose Hill bound service, formed by Pacer 142005, hurries through Ardwick in East Manchester, as do most trains on this busy line. In the 2011 ...
Mark Bartlett 03/08/2011
Looking across to the LNWR lines from Ardwick's deserted platforms, situated on the old Great Central route. Northern EMU 323237 is approaching ...
Mark Bartlett 03/08/2011
Framed by the footbridge that provides the sole access to Ardwick's island platform, 323229 passes over Ardwick Junction on its way to Stockport. The ...
Mark Bartlett 03/08/2011