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Railway track near the High Tor Tunnel



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This picture of the signal box, which dates from 1969, is very dramatic. This was the post Beeching era and the axe had already fallen on the line extending northwards from Matlock to Manchester. The signalman is just about discernable behind the glass windows of his box; the steps he would have to climb up and down each day (on the left) were extremely steep. Presumably he owned the parked car with the registration plate of KAT 720. The track was possibly being taken up as he worked[1].

Immediately behind the signal box is the goods shed shown in the first of the series of photographs below. As you can see, the lines passed either side of the signal box as well as a short track leading into the shed. The shed doors are also featured in the pictures below (photos 2 and 3). These photos are included to show some of the more recent history as the Cawdor Quarry and Station areas were developed.


Goods shed, 2004, showing years of neglect

1. Goods shed, 2004, showing years of neglect.


2 and 3. The images above and below are of the building's interior in 2004.
The roof had gone and the floor boards were rotten.


4. The walk from Matlock station to what was then Peak Rail's Matlock Riverside station was originally about 500 yards.
It was a long trek ... some commented that it needed another train to get there!!


5. Approaching the platform at Matlock Riverside in 2004.
The web mistress has no idea what the stone structure on the right was. Any ideas would be welcomed.


6. The platform in 2004.
Fortunately, the second platform at Matlock station has been refurbished, according to Peak Rail's website (the link will open in a new tab or window),
and Matlock Riverside has gone.


7 and 8. Just to complete the picture for the early days of Peak Rail's presence in Matlock.
These signs seemed a trifle optimistic for those on foot in 2004.
It is amazing how far Peak Rail have come since then.






Those with railway ancestors might like to see:
Matlock & Matlock Bath Lists: The Twentieth Century: Matlock Station Staff, 1911 - 1966, A - J
Matlock & Matlock Bath Lists: The Twentieth Century: Matlock Station Staff, 1911 - 1966, K - Y


Photograph of signal box © M A King and Ann Andrews collection. Published here with kind permission of the photograph's copyright holder.
Coloured photographs, © and dated 2004, in private collection and taken especially for this web site.
Researched and written by and © Ann Andrews.
Intended for personal use only
References:

[1] Date from Kingscott, Geoffrey (2007) "Lost Railways of Derbyshire", Countryside Books, ISBN 978 1 84674 042 8