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Archive Series Volume 1: The Woodhead Route

Archive Series Volume 1: The Woodhead Route


Linking Sheffield and Manchester, the 40 mile route penetrated the Pennine barrier at Woodhead, before descending to Manchester.

It was Britain's first main line to use overhead electric power when opened in 1954.

Primary motive power was the 1500V D.C. EM1 (Class 76) and EM2 (Class 77) electric locomotives.

The EM2s were sold to the Netherlands Railways, but the EM1s continued until the line's closure in 1981.

Scenes recorded at many locations between 1954 and 1984 are shown, some with original sound.

Locations include:

  • Sheffield (Victoria)
  • Rotherwood
  • Wath
  • Worsborough Bank
  • Penistone
  • Dunford Bridge
  • Woodhead
  • Torside
  • Guide Bridge
  • Manchester (Piccadilly)
  • Plus other locations

This DVD provides a fascinating reminder of this magnificent route.

Produced by - CineRail
Running time - 62 Minutes
DVD only


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