The Woodhead Route from Manchester to Sheffield has achieved almost mythical status, not only thanks to the Woodhead Tunnels, but also because of 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, and even a change of chief engineer, it was finally opened in 1845. Anthony Dawson explores here 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; the running of the line and accidents; the three tunnels; memories of the Woodhead Route 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.
Anthony Dawson has a lifetime's interest in railways; he is a graduate both of the University of Bradford (B.Sc hons, archaeology) and the University of Leeds (M.Res, history). Anthony is a member of staff at the Museum of Science & Industry, Manchester, where he puts his enthusiasm for early railways into practice as a Railway Volunteer on the replica 'Planet' locomotive.