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High Peak 376

High Peak Optare Solo M920 YJ05WDA (376) seen passing the donkey sanctuary near Peak Forest while working the 13:37 Whaley Bridge-Buxton 190.


The High Peak operation comprising of Trent's Dove Holes depot and Bowers of Chapel belatedly began on Sunday though you wouldn't know looking at this vehicle still carrying full Bowers livery. I believe that at least one ex Bowers Solo has been repainted into the uninspirational new livery while Trent have at least bothered to debrand their former vehicles. As the allocation suggests, this was indeed a Bowers route, though Trent did operate a journey or two on schooldays, it is by no means a direct route and forms an hourly service together with the commercially-operated 189 which takes the less scenic route via Dove Holes.


My previous upload to this website was taken almost exactly a week before this shot (minus around half an hour) however was done so in around 20 degree heat, indeed had you told me it would snow six days later I'd have called you a liar however it never stopped falling all morning in Derbyshire yesterday. Most of the roads around the Peak District today were clear, though quite a bit more remained on the ground on the other side of the hills in the background.


Peak Forest is probably well known among those with an interest in railways for the freight traffic serving the quarries bearing its name, the village is in fact several miles to the north-east.

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Taken on April 5, 2012