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Hazlehead Bridge railway station

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Hazlehead Bridge railway station was a railway station on the Sheffield, Ashton-under-Lyne and Manchester Railway's Woodhead Line. It served villages scattered over a wide area of South Yorkshire, England, and was adjacent to the bridge over the Huddersfield Road.

Hazlehead Bridge
Site of Hazlehead railway station, Dunford - geograph.org.uk - 1273829.jpg
Site of Hazlehead railway station, Dunford
Location
PlaceDunford Bridge
AreaBarnsley
Coordinates53°31′20″N 1°42′33″W / 53.52220°N 1.70910°W / 53.52220; -1.70910Coordinates: 53°31′20″N 1°42′33″W / 53.52220°N 1.70910°W / 53.52220; -1.70910
Grid referenceSE193028
Operations
Original companySheffield, Ashton-under-Lyne and Manchester Railway
Pre-groupingGreat Central Railway
Post-groupingLondon and North Eastern Railway
Platforms2
History
1 May 1846opened
1 November 1847closed
August 1850reopened
6 March 1950closed (passenger)
May 1964closed for freight
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
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HistoryEdit

 
Sheffield - Manchester express at Hazlehead Bridge

The eastern section of the Sheffield, Ashton-under-Lyne and Manchester Railway, between Sheffield (Bridgehouses) and Dunford Bridge, was opened on 14 July 1845, but originally there was no station between Penistone and Dunford Bridge; it had been intended to provide one at Hazlehead Bridge, with bus connections to Huddersfield, but the approach roads were not suitable, and the buses ran to Dunford Bridge instead.[1]

Following petitions from local inhabitants, a station named Hazlehead was opened on 1 May 1846[2] (as was a station at Dog Lane, near Dukinfield), and the Huddersfield omnibus served Hazlehead station from August.[3]

The original station was closed in a cost-cutting measure, along with Dog Lane, Oxspring and Thurgoland on 1 November 1847.[4][2] It was reopened at the start of August 1850, and renamed Hazlehead Bridge on 1 November that year;[5][2] Bradshaw's Railway Guide continued to use the old name for a few months, but only on the table dealing with down trains (i.e. towards Manchester).[5]

At the station, the line fell in the Sheffield direction on a gradient of 1 in 124 (0.81%).[6] The station was built in stone with the main buildings on the Sheffield-bound (Up) platform and a waiting shelter on the other. A high signal box of the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway's early type, almost square with hipped roof, controlled the station and the entry to the branch line which served the Hepworth Iron Company's works at Crow Edge.

An accident took place at the station on 20 December 1907 when the lean-to building added to the station only a few years earlier was demolished.

The station closed to passenger traffic on 6 March 1950[2] and to goods traffic in May 1964.

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Dow 1959, p. 51.
  2. ^ a b c d Butt 1995, p. 116.
  3. ^ Dow 1959, p. 82.
  4. ^ Dow 1959, p. 118.
  5. ^ a b Dow 1959, p. 127.
  6. ^ Dow 1959, p. 56.

ReferencesEdit

  • Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508.
  • Dow, George (1959). Great Central, Volume 1 (The Progenitors 1813-1863). London: Locomotive Publishing Co. ISBN 0-7110-1468-X.

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