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Railtour. Photos from the H D Bowtell Collection
Anyone with a fondness for the great outdoors might well recognise this view of the eponymous viaduct at Healey Dell. Judging from this photograph, the nineteenth of February 1967 must have been a particularly gloomy winter's day. On this particular Sunday the Locomotive Club of Great Britain and The Roch Valley Railway Society ran three return trips from Rochdale to Whitworth using four brake vans hauled by the ex - Lancashire and Yorkshire 'Pug' No 51218. Titled the "L&Y Pug Railtour" (as you'd expect), departure times from Rochdale were 10.00, 12.30, and 2.00pm arriving back at 11.29, 1.39pm and 3.24pm respectively.
Nowadays of course, this viaduct forms the centre piece of the Healey Dell Nature Reserve.
Above. Arrival at Shawclough
Above. Departing from Shawclough
Above. Picking up speed from Shawclough.
Above. Pulling into Whitworth
Above. Between Wardleworth and Shawclough on a later train.
Above. Pausing at the site of Broadley Station.
Above. Broadley Station site.
Above. Leaving Broadley and heading for Whitworth.
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