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Date(s) - 26th April 2018
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Buxton Railway Station


Cromford and High Peak Railway (Part 2)

This event is now fully booked. 

Following on from the May 2017 visit to the former Cromford and High Peak Railway, the North West Group is organizing a second visit to explore the section of the former line between Hopton Top and Steeple Grange (the Killers Branch). The tour is being arranged and led by Paul Blurton.

For illustrated notes, for use on the day, use this link: C&HPR Visit 26 April: Notes & Photos

For an video of a Brake Van ride on the C&HPR, please use the link: C&HPR (YouTube)

A video showing more of the operation of the railway, with its inclined planes, is available using the link: C&HPR 1958 (YouTube)

For an extensive chronology of the C&HPR published by the Railway Chronology SIG, please use the link: C&HPR Chronology – Pat McCarthy

Details of the Tour:

A coach will be available for the whole day and will transport our group between different locations along the route. Participants will be given the options of travelling on the coach between stops or walking a section of line. (total walking distance is 4.5 miles) The Group will meet at Buxton Railway station at 11.00 a.m. following arrival at 10.48 a.m. of the 09.49 train departure from Manchester Piccadilly (also departs Stockport at 10.01).

From Buxton the coach will travel via Longcliffe to Hopton Top, where the first walk will start.  The basic itinerary (for walkers) is to walk that section of the line between Hopton Top, Middleton Top and Steeple Grange.  The coach will return to Buxton Station, estimate arrival at 5.00 p.m. approx.  In addition, arrangements have been made to see the Middle Top winding engine in operation and have a guided visit to the Steeple Grange railway.

The cost for travel on the coach is £15 and this amount also includes the cost of admission to the Middleton Top Engine House and the Steeple Grange Railway.  At Middleton Top (toilet facilities) there will be a break to eat your own packed lunch and view the working winding engine.  After lunch the coach will take the non-walkers on the short journey to the National Stone Centre at Wirksworth, where in addition to the museum (admission free) there is a cafe and toilet facilities. The walking distance between the Stone Centre and Steeple Grange is approximately 200 yards.

As the coach will have a limited capacity, the number of participants will be limited to 40. Pre booking for the coach is essential. Firm bookings are now being accepted, but to monitor the numbers in our group it would be helpful if members could provide to Gerald Leach an early indication of their interest in joining the tour and walk.  Such notifications will not be regarded as firm commitments at this stage. The closing date for bookings and payment is 31st March.  Cheques to be payable to Railway and Canal Historical Society.  To make bookings, register expressions of interest or request further information the contact is Gerald Leach, telephone 01565 654342 or alternatively email to gerald.leach@btinternet.com.”

Please note: The information above is a little different to that included in the January Bulletin (#471) and is as included in the March issue of the Bulletin (#472).