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No: 7132   Contributor: Lee Brown   Year: 1980   Manufacturer: Metropolitan-Vickers   Country: England

BR Class 76 No.76046 coasts through the long abandoned Crowden station in August 1980 as it heads for the Woodhead tunnel with a train of condemned wagons. Note the 'clean' front end of the loco as compared to the previous pic of 76016 (see picture #7131). Locos numbered between 06 and 031 were equipped for multiple working and fitted with dual braking whilst the rest including 76046 were vacuum braked only. Another interesting aspect of the working of these locos was what I think was termed 'regenerative braking'. As they returned from Sheffield and coasted downhill from Woodhead they actually put electricity back into the system. Which makes the decision to scrap the line in favour of the Hope Valley line all the more mystifying.
Picture added on 12 July 2009 at 12:59
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From Wikipedia:
The line was controversially closed to passenger traffic on 5 January 1970 when it was clear that the alternative Hope Valley Line through Edale would be required to remain open for social and network reasons and could handle all Manchester–Sheffield passenger traffic.
By the 1980s a combination of alternative available routes, an absence of passenger traffic since 1970, a downturn in coal traffic across the Pennines and a need to eventually upgrade or replace the (non-standard) electrical supply systems and Class 76 locomotives resulted in the line's closure east of Hadfield. The last train operated on 17 July 1981 and the line was mothballed.
The tracks were lifted in the mid-1980s ending short-term hopes of reopening. Almost the entire line east of Hadfield has now been lifted (apart from a few short sections shared with other lines, notably at Penistone). The trackbed between Hadfield and the Woodhead Tunnel has been adapted as the Longdendale Trail for hikers and cyclists.

Added by Peter Langsdale on 12 July 2009.
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