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windydcfc
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Any chance of getting it open for a week on on Tuesday?

I was going to post something like 'we would under a socialist utopia' but I thought better not, not on this threadAngelic


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Strictly speaking not Cambridge but March to Wisbech, just 7 miles. Goods traffic ceased as recently as 2000; much of the track is still in place. There has been much talk in recent years about reopening but official objections are always based on cost and the need to replace with a bridge the level crossing on the A47 by-pass.

The line used to continue eastwards to join up with the Ely-King's Lynn route at Magdalen Road.


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The flat we have in Midlothian is right on the Penicuik-Dalkeith cycle route which follows the line of the old Penicuik railway.

Just before the first tunnel you see what remains of Auchendinny station and the development where the flat is lies just beyond the first tunnel (site was originally a paper mill).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZO3ITrtjauo

Auchendinny station c 1950 http://www.disused-stations.org.uk/...lynn_c1950s)old3.jpg You can see the chimney of the paper mill.


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All part of the East -West route Oxford - MK - Bedford - Sandy - Cambridge and now Wisbech. Not much has happened yet despite all the talk.


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There has been talk of reopening the Leicester-Burton line to passenger traffic for the last twenty years and they are no nearer now than when it was first mentioned. A real shame as i'm sure it would be a popular route.


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Just before the first tunnel you see what remains of Auchendinny station and the development where the flat is lies just beyond the first tunnel (site was originally a paper mill).
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZO3ITrtjauo


Typical modern cyclist! Straight out of the tunnel and across the road without pausing...

NB Your other link is broken.


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Just before the first tunnel you see what remains of Auchendinny station and the development where the flat is lies just beyond the first tunnel (site was originally a paper mill).
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZO3ITrtjauo


Typical modern cyclist! Straight out of the tunnel and across the road without pausing...


NB Your other link is broken.


Thanks for pointing that out

Here's the page about the station from which I took the photo:

http://www.disused-stations.org.uk/a/auchendinny/


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The Mablethorpe, Louth, Alford loop line was closed in 1970, the Beeching report said it was under used but the survey was done during the Winter and the area is a Summer destination. Anyway, one platform wall still exists and is part of the Leisure Centre car park. I think station buildings also still exist at Theddlethorpe and Saltfleetby but not signs of a line.



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The Mablethorpe, Louth, Alford loop line was closed in 1970, the Beeching report said it was under used but the survey was done during the Winter and the area is a Summer destination.


The selective use of data was a feature of the compilation of the report. It is described in some detail in David Henshaw's book 'The Great Railway Conspiracy'.


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Footage here of the course of the Great Central Railway line through Nottinghamshire...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/...inghamshire-37320821

The Great Central Railway ran from Sheffield to London Marylebone. It closed between 1966 and 1969, and was the largest and most controversial closure of the Beeching cuts.


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"...train line..." Mad Crazy


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"...train line..." Mad Crazy


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Choo choo line ?



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My wife and I went for a short walking holiday in the Peak District last month. Part of one of the walks was along the former Woodhead trans-pennine route, which has now been converted to a walking & cycling path. This was a freight-only line that went from Manchester to Sheffield, and included the famous Woodhead Tunnel. I actually travelled along the line, on a special passenger train, round about 1980. The line closed the following year. I remember the journey fairly well, and it was surreal to be walking along the same route 30-odd years later, with the former trackbed converted to a footpath and trees and bushes encroaching from either side. Made me feel kind of old Unsure


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My wife and I went for a short walking holiday in the Peak District last month. Part of one of the walks was along the former Woodhead trans-pennine route, which has now been converted to a walking & cycling path. This was a freight-only line that went from Manchester to Sheffield, and included the famous Woodhead Tunnel. I actually travelled along the line, on a special passenger train, round about 1980. The line closed the following year. I remember the journey fairly well, and it was surreal to be walking along the same route 30-odd years later, with the former trackbed converted to a footpath and trees and bushes encroaching from either side. Made me feel kind of old Unsure

I, too, have very fond memories of the Woodhead route, and had similar feelings when walking the abandoned formation. Shame it was doomed from the moment, in the early Fifties, BR opted to modernise it with non-standard electrification. Amazing, really, the line lingered on until 1981. As I write this, I'm looking down on the trackbed of the former Fountainhall-Oxton-Lauder branch, a light railway the lifespan of which was 1901-58.


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...the Woodhead route...was doomed from the moment, in the early Fifties, BR opted to modernise it with non-standard electrification.


It wasn't non-standard at the time. BR didn't adopt the current 25kv ac overhead as the standard for future electrification until 1956. It was the LNER that began electrification of the Woodhead and Liverpool Street-Shenfield routes during the 1930s using 1,500v dc but work was interrupted by WW2. Shenfield was completed in 1949, Woodhead in 1954. Work on the latter involved the boring of the new double-track Woodhead tunnel to replace the two single-line tunnels that were in poor condition.

It is unlikely that the line will ever be reopened. The new tunnel now contains high-voltage electricity cables. The National Grid had run these through the old tunnels in the 50s but when the line was closed it bought the new tunnel and announced in 2007 that it intended to divert the cables through it. Despite protests from the Peak District National Park authority and campaign groups, the Labour government refused to intervene and the work was completed in 2012.


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Nonetheless, there have been propsals to reopen this line, whch was once the main passenger route between Manchester and Sheffield. One of the bidders for the Transpennine Express franchise suggested doing so, with the intermediate Guide Bridge station being restored to something like its former glory (although not in a town centre, being on the Ashton-Audenshaw border, it's at the junction of several lines).

Obviously, nothing came of this, and, as you state, probably never will.


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Anyone into Driver's eye view dvd's gets told lots of info about this line on the new Manchester-Cleethorpes one.


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Before ticking Winslow United FC of the Spartan South Mids League this coming Saturday, I'm hoping to take a look at the remains of nearby Verney Junction railway station. The platforms are still standing and the track is still in place, though obviously overgrown. These two websites show some old photos of the station when still in use, plus some photos taken in more recent years.


http://www.disused-stations.org.uk/...junction/index.shtml

http://www.abandonedstations.org.uk/...Junction_line_2.html


The station lies on the old disused Bicester-to-Bletchley, upon which work will soon start to re-open for (hopefully) 2019, and in its brief glory days was the northern terminus of London's Metropolitan Line, and from where there were once plans to run trains to France, no less. Passenger services stopped in 1966, while freight services stopped in 1993. Unfortunately, being a hamlet of less than a dozen houses, there is no chance of Verney Junction station re-opening on the new line.

Ian Jack wrote an article in last Saturday's 'Guardian' with several references to Verney Junction...


http://www.theguardian.com/...line-verney-junction


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Winslow station stayed in use till the 80's (?) once a year just before Christmas there was a shopping special from Oxford to MK and vice versa running up and down the line on a Saturday. I remember going past it quite a few times as I used a route across the Vale of Aylesbury to get home sometimes. The last time I had a look houses had been built in front of it. Part of the disused lines across the Vale have always been kept open so rubbish trains could get to the old LBC works at Calvert via Oxford or Aylesbury. The LBC brick works used to have a football ground with a reasonable stand until circa 1990. Verney Junction is just one of a number of small hamlets in the Vale most of which are a couple of rows of Victorian / Edwardian terrace houses. Waddesdon though much bigger has quite a few and they look rather out of place in the area and only a few hundred yards from the Manor.


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I managed to take a look around the remains of Verney Junction railway station on Saturday morning, while on the way to meet TheWavendonian at Winslow United FC. I got off the x60 bus at Addington Turn bus-stop on the A413, then walked for about a mile and a half, past the equestrian centre and Addington church then across the arable fields that lead down onto the valley floor where the old line runs.

All that remains of the station is the old station-master's house (now a private residence), the two abandoned platforms (which are overgrown with brambles, though it's still possible to climb up onto them at points), the barest remains of the level crossing that connects the hamlet of Verney Junction to the fields to the north of the station, and the single line that still connects Bicester with Bletchley.

After nosing around, I then walked east along the track in the direction of Winslow for about a mile or so, cutting down a path on the embankment at the old railway bridge near Winslow Tyres and walking along Verney Road into the town. The only remaining trackside 'furniture' I spotted, other than some redudndant level-crossing signage at Verney Junction, was a pair of old aluminium telephone boxes probably from the time when the line was used for freight pre-1993, and an older wooden bunker dug into an embankment which was almost certainly for coal and so pre-1966. I don't know how much of the line between Bicester and Bletchley could be walked unimpeded, but looking at the flattened grass on parts of the track bed I suspect that locals use it as a short-cut to and from Winslow. On a winter afternoon there wasn't much problem with vegetation, but I reckon that the brambles and nettles are likely to be a problem during the summertime for anyone walking the line.


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Footage here...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/...ine-reopen-to-public

...of a disused railway line into Portishead, which might be reopened due to the increasing growth of the town's population.


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I don't know how much of the line between Bicester and Bletchley could be walked unimpeded, but looking at the flattened grass on parts of the track bed I suspect that locals use it as a short-cut to and from Winslow. On a winter afternoon there wasn't much problem with vegetation, but I reckon that the brambles and nettles are likely to be a problem during the summertime for anyone walking the line.


Another year gone by and as far as I know, work hasn't even started on re-opening Winslow station and the line to Bletchley. It's several years behind schedule now, yet only last week there were stories in the press about the line being extended even further still from Bletchley to Cambridge!

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