Railways in the Peak District
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Sheffield and Manchester were connected in 1845 by the first line across the Pennines through the notorious Woodhead tunnel, followed by a gradually infilling of lines connecting Peak District towns and villages. Some of them became famous as the Settle-Carlisle route, such were the engineering difficulties of driving a route through the limestone dales. The line between Dore and Chinley was the last main line in England to be driven across the Pennines in two huge tunnels. At its height the Peak District railway system encompassed a narrow gauge light railway for tourists, cable-hauled inclines to export limestone, seven of the UK's twenty longest railway tunnels, and Britain's first all-electric main line. The birth of British Railways in 1948 and the subsequent Beeching axe were the death knell for many of these unique railways. Today some of the tracks can still be followed on foot, bicycle or horseback thanks to the Peak District National Park and other leisure organisations.
|Author||Nicholson C/Barnes P|
|Publication Date||14 Jan 2020|