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The daily Dowlow Briggs Sidings to Ashburys stone train leaves Ashwood Dale and climbs the one in ninety gradient towards Peak Forest.  The viaduct which once carried the Buxton to Millers Dale branch can be seen on the left.  The train is passing the site of what must surely be one of the shortest - lived stations in the UK.  Cheedale Halt opened on July 5th 1987 and closed in September of the same year.  It was served by a Sundays only ramblers train from Edale to Buxton.  The Health and Safety Executive raised concerns that the signalling along the route was inadequate for passenger trains and the service was terminated.  The platform was removed some years later and is now installed at Peak Rail's Matlock Riverside Station.  Photo taken 26/03/2019.

Photo:  Ken Millward - Manchester Locomotive Society.

About the Society

The Manchester Locomotive Society was founded in the Manchester area in 1935.

We hold regular illustrated talks in our meeting rooms in the Stockport area. These are held twice a month on a Friday evening from 7.30pm to around 9.30pm and given by a guest speaker or one of our own members.

We try to cover all aspects of railway interest but in particular focus on past and present events and locations in the North West.

The clubrooms are also open on most Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for general chat and use of the Library and Archive; occasional talks are also held on Wednesday afternoons.

We publish a bi-monthly magazine, ‘The Mancunian’, which contains interesting and informative articles submitted mainly by members covering a variety of interests such the history of locomotives and lines, current events as well as personal reminiscences of the past. The success of this magazine is reflected by the number of ‘out of town members’ that we have and the lively correspondence it generates.
The Society is the proud owner of an extensive and varied collection of books, photographs, and archive material covering locomotives, rolling stock, architecture and signalling. In addition the library has a comprehensive collection of timetables and publications from other societies. All of these are available to members.

If you would like to join then please write (including a S.A.E.) to our Membership Secretary for more information.

MLS Membership Secretary,
26 Alcester Road,
M33 3QP

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This page was last updated in May 2019.