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Buxton Derbyshire August 1968 | by loose_grip_99
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Buxton Derbyshire August 1968

Unfortunately Buxton's London & North Western Railway engine shed closed in February 1968 before I had a chance to visit it. By August, six months later, most of the trackwork had been lifted but the shed building, turntable (off shot in the right distance), water tower & coaling plant (off shot to the left) still stood. Not for much longer though.

 

I had been to Buxton many times between 1958 & 1968 but never took any real notice of the railways which would, of course, have been all steam at that time. I do have a clear memory of seeing a train cross the high viaduct on the LNWR line to Ashbourne but only a vague idea it was steam.

 

The Buxton to Stockport line is over on the left at a slightly higher level with the footbridge straddling it and the Up sidings. The Down sidings, here full of 16 ton wagons, are still in use for limestone traffic.

 

Interestingly this was the start of the gradient up to Doveholes and Chapel-en-le-Frith that we were simulating with 44422 banking up 48305 last Monday at the Great Central Railway.

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Taken on December 5, 2007