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