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Hadfield railway station

Hadfield railway station serves the town of Hadfield in Derbyshire, England. The station is one of the twin termini at the Derbyshire end of the Manchester-Glossop Line, the other being Glossop. It was opened by the Sheffield, Ashton-under-Lyne and Manchester Railway in 1844.

Hadfield National Rail
EMU at Hadfield Station (geograph 3174392).jpg
Local authorityHigh Peak
Coordinates53°27′40″N 1°57′54″W / 53.461°N 1.965°W / 53.461; -1.965Coordinates: 53°27′40″N 1°57′54″W / 53.461°N 1.965°W / 53.461; -1.965
Grid referenceSK023959
Station codeHDF
Managed byNorthern
Number of platforms1
DfT categoryE
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2013/14Decrease 0.392 million
2014/15Decrease 0.371 million
2015/16Decrease 0.346 million
2016/17Decrease 0.344 million
2017/18Increase 0.354 million
Passenger Transport Executive
PTETransport for Greater Manchester[1]
Original companySheffield, Ashton-under-Lyne and Manchester Railway
Pre-groupingGreat Central Railway
Post-groupingLondon and North Eastern Railway
7 August 1844 (1844-08-07)Station opened
National RailUK railway stations
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Hadfield from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.

The line formerly continued east of Hadfield to Penistone, Wath and Sheffield via the Woodhead Tunnel. Passenger trains on the Woodhead Line were withdrawn east of Hadfield on 5 January 1970, followed by complete closure in 1981. The tracks were lifted several years later, but the trackbed is still visible and has been partly adapted as a footpath. Since the end of through passenger services to Penistone and Sheffield, only the former eastbound platform has been used and the section westwards to the junction at Dinting is now single track.

Hadfield is the eastern terminus for local trains to/from Manchester Piccadilly. From 1954 until 1984 the station was served by Class 506 Electric Multiple Units (EMUs), latterly the only British Rail EMUs capable of operating on the Woodhead Line's non-standard 1500 V DC electric system. In December 1984 the line was converted to the standard 25,000 V AC system and the Class 506s were withdrawn. Trains at Hadfield are now always formed of Class 323 EMUs.


The Sheffield, Ashton-under-Lyne and Manchester Railway was authorised in May 1837, and the line was opened in stages. The section between Dinting (known as Glossop until 9 June 1845[2]) and Woodhead was formally opened on 7 August 1844, with the public service beginning the next day.[3] Initially, there were five trains per day (weekdays and Sundays) in each direction over this stretch, running between Manchester Store Street and Woodhead, except for one eastbound train which on weekdays commenced its journey at Newton.[3] The trains called at all stations,[3] of which Hadfield was the only intermediate station also opened on 7 August 1844; some timetables have shown it as Hadfield for Hollingsworth.[4]

The line between Manchester and Sheffield Victoria was electrified in the early 1950s, including some of the branches; the full electric service between Manchester and Penistone began on 14 June 1954, and this included the local service between Manchester, Glossop and Hadfield.[5] For the local services, eight three-car electric multiple-units (later known as Class 506) were provided; these had been built in 1950 but stored until required in 1954.[6] Through trains to Sheffield were hauled by electric locomotives of Class EM1 and Class EM2.[7] Passenger services east of Hadfield ceased in January 1970, and the line between Hadfield and Penistone was closed completely in July 1981.[8]

Accidents and incidentsEdit

  • On 8 April 1981, a freight train derailed at the station.[9]


The station is staffed six days per week, with the ticket office open from start of service until mid-evening (06:00-19:10 weekdays, 06:30-19:40 Saturdays, closed Sundays). A self-service ticket machine is provided for use when the ticket office is closed or for collecting pre-paid tickets. The remainder of the station building is in private commercial use as a public house; part of the frontage onto the platform serves as a covered waiting area for passengers. Train running details are offered via digital information screens, automated announcements and timetable posters. Step-free access is available between the station entrance and platform.[10]


There is generally a half-hourly service Monday to Saturday daytimes via Glossop to Manchester Piccadilly. Some peak journeys operate to or from Manchester directly via Dinting missing out the reverse at Glossop, allowing a 20-minute frequency from the same number of trains.[11]

The Sunday service is half hourly, though evening services are roughly hourly seven days a week.



  1. ^ Hadfield is one of three stations considered to be part of the Greater Manchester rail network which do not form part of the Greater Manchester county
  2. ^ Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 104. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508.
  3. ^ a b c Dow, George (1959). Great Central, Volume One: The Progenitors, 1813-1863. Shepperton: Ian Allan. p. 46. ISBN 0-7110-1468-X.
  4. ^ Butt 1995, p. 111
  5. ^ Boddy, M.G.; Fry, E.V.; Hennigan, W.; Hoole, Ken; Mallaband, Peter; Neve, E.; Price, J.H.; Proud, P.; Yeadon, W.B. (April 1990). Fry, E.V. (ed.). Locomotives of the L.N.E.R., part 10B: Railcars and Electric Stock. Lincoln: RCTS. p. 89. ISBN 0-901115-66-5.
  6. ^ Boddy et al. 1990, p. 141
  7. ^ Boddy et al. 1990, pp. 112–3, 120–1
  8. ^ Boddy et al. 1990, p. 101
  9. ^ Earnshaw, Alan (1990). Trains in Trouble: Vol. 6. Penryn: Atlantic Books. p. 47. ISBN 0-906899-37-0.
  10. ^ Hadfield station facilities National Rail Enquiries; Retrieved 27 February 2017
  11. ^ GB eNRT, December 2016-May 2017 Edition, Table 79

External linksEdit

Preceding station     National Rail   Following station
Manchester-Glossop via Hadfield
Manchester-Hadfield via Glossop
Disused railways
Dinting   SAMR
Woodhead Line