Monday, 11 April 2011
Hattersley Cutting 1951
Photograph © Ben Brooksbank.
Taken on 28th July 1951 at Hattersley Cutting, with the Cleethorpes - Manchester express passing through.
The view is Eastward towards Broadbottom, Woodhead and Sheffield along the ex-Great Central Manchester - Sheffield main line, which since July 1981 was cut back to a local line just to Hadfield. The masts for the electrification had been erected in 1939 but electrification was not complete until the New Woodhead Tunnel was opened in June 1954. The very deep cutting used to be two tunnels until they were opened out in 1931. The train is the 09.27 Cleethorpes - Manchester London Road, headed by B1 4-6-0 No. 61160.
See how it looks nearly 60 years later on Hyde Daily Photo.