Peak Forest railway station

Peak Forest railway station was opened in 1867 by the Midland Railway on its extension of the Manchester, Buxton, Matlock and Midlands Junction Railway from Rowsley, part of the main Midland Line from Manchester to London. It was also the northern junction for the line from Buxton. It closed in 1967 and the platforms were demolished shortly afterwards.

Peak Forest
Peak Forest Station - geograph.org.uk - 45021.jpg
LocationHigh Peak
England
Coordinates53°17′14″N 1°51′52″W / 53.2873°N 1.8644°W / 53.2873; -1.8644Coordinates: 53°17′14″N 1°51′52″W / 53.2873°N 1.8644°W / 53.2873; -1.8644
Platforms2
Other information
StatusDisused
History
Original companyMidland Railway
Post-groupingLondon, Midland and Scottish Railway
Key dates
1 February 1867Station opens
26 September 1893renamed Peak Forest for Peak Dale
14 June 1965renamed Peak Forest
6 March 1967Station closed[1]

This section of route is still open for stone freight trains serving the Buxton lime industry as the Great Rocks Line. The station building still survives as offices which support the large quarry terminal close by. A short section of one platform has been reinstated for railway staff use. The station is easily visible from the nearby road from Dove Holes. Although it was named Peak Forest it was actually adjacent to the present-day settlement of Peak Dale.

It marked the summit of the line before it dropped through Dove Holes Tunnel to Chapel-en-le-Frith Central.


Preceding station   Disused railways   Following station
Chapel-en-le-Frith Central
Line and station closed
  Midland Railway
New Mills-Millers Dale line
  Millers Dale
Line and station closed
    Buxton (Midland)
Line and station closed

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Butt, R.V.J., (1995) The Directory of Railway Stations, Yeovil: Patrick Stephens

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