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The Woodhead Route

Amberley Publishing

The Woodhead Route

The Woodhead Route, from Manchester to Sheffield has achieved almost mythical status, not only thanks to the Woodhead Tunnels, but the unique EM1 and EM2 electric locomotives. Inspired by the first 'Railway Mania' of the 1830s, the Woodhead Route was the first railway built to link Manchester with Sheffield. After many false starts, it was finally opened in 1845, and here Anthony Dawson explores the history behind one of the most iconic and beloved railway lines in the world. Drawing on a range of topics including the various attempts to get the line built, how it was built, running the line and accidents; the three tunnels, memories of the Woodhead and life after closure. With more than a hundred illustrations throughout, this illuminating volume offers a fascinating overview of the line that will appeal to enthusiasts young and old.

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