Station Name: DUNFORD BRIDGE

 

[Source: Nick Catford]


Date opened: 14.7.1845
Location: On the east side of Windle Edge (Road name)
Company on opening: Manchester Sheffield & Lincolnshire Railway
Date closed to passengers: 5.1.1970
Date closed completely: 5.1.1970
Company on closing: British Rail (Eastern/London Midland Region)
Present state: Demolished - nothing remains of either the old or new station
County: Yorkshire
OS Grid Ref: SE159023
Date of visit: August 1983 & 6.5.2005

Notes: Dunford Bridge Station was close to the eastern portal of Woodhead Tunnel. The tunnel was initially a single bore with a second bore being opened in 1852.

When electrification of the line was planned the twin-bore Woodhead Tunnels were to narrow and low to allow for the overhead electric cables. Rather than enlarge these tunnels, it was decided to create a new tunnel, immediately to the south of the old ones; this was opened in 1953.

The new tunnel also involved the realignment of the line through Dunford Bridge Station and the station was resited a few yards to the south. After withdrawal of the passenger service in 1970 the line remained in use until 17.7.1981, with the track between Deepcar and Hadfield remaining in place until 1986. Parts of the trackbed were then blocked by road construction preventing any future reopening. Much of the line now forms a cyclepath, the section to Dunford Bridge is part of the Trans Pennine Trail.

Click on station name for other stations on the Woodhead line: Sheffield Victoria, Wadsley Bridge, Oughty Bridge, Penistone & Woodhead



Photo:The first Dunford Bridge Station looking west in 1945



Photo:Dunford Bridge Station looking west in March 1979
P
hoto by Alan Young

Photo:Dunford Bridge Station in August 1983
P
hoto by Nick Catford

Photo:Dunford Bridge Station looking east in April 1985
P
hoto by Michael Kaye

Photo:The 1st Dunford Bridge Station in August 1983
P
hoto by Nick Catford

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