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Thursday, 30 September 2010


The former Dinting Railway Centre, once Glossop's biggest tourist attraction went up for auction with Bagshaws last Monday the 20th September 2010. The 9 acre site which in the 1970's and 1980's hosted a museum, an engine shed and a miniature railway, not to mention some of the country's most impressive steam trains was given a guide price of a mere £25,000.

Unsurprisingly, such a large site with all its development potential fetched far, far, more, though at six times the guide price perhaps rather more than even people familiar with the area were expecting and certainly exceeding Bagshaws wildest estimate!

According to the press articles the gavel came down at £150,000 and was sold to a firm of Manchester solicitors, though my contact at the auction insists it went for £157,000 and was sold to an insurance company - take your pick.

There are some great photos and a detailed map of the area to be found by following the link to the Bagshaws site. Hurry along before the page is taken down.


It seems a rather sad outcome but after two decades of decay, neglect and vandalism it's perhaps better that something rather than nothing happens to the area, though the current state of affairs has been a boon for wildlife during a period of endless housebuilding in the Glossop area. One can only hope beyond hope that the new owners are both environmentally conscientious and railway enthusiasts or at the very least have some sensitivity for glories past and the living present.

Monday, 27 September 2010

Consultation evening for railway volunteers

Consultation evening for railway volunteers

Very time sensitive this one folks. This article is lifted from the Yorkshire Post, in which it states the event (which you can read about below) takes place the following evening - so that will be Tuesday 28th September then. If you're interested best get your skates on

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Confirmation of the event can be found here on the Penistone Line Partnership website.

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Published Date: 26 September 2010

PEOPLE living in communities close to the Penistone railway line between Huddersfield and Sheffield are invited to a consultation evening tomorrow.

The event, which begins at 7pm at Shepley Library and Information Centre in Marsh Lane, Shepley, aims to find out how volunteers would like to get involved at stations along the Penistone line.

Voluntary organisation the Penistone Line Partnership event, which will be attended by Northern Rail, which manages the stations.

Community rail partnership officer Rowena Chantler, from the Penistone Line Partnership, said: "We would like people to come along not only to tell us what improvements they would like to see, but more importantly what they would like to get involved in and what skills they want to offer or develop to make the most of their local station.

"People tend to think that volunteers on this sort of project will just get involved in gardening or painting benches and, while that sort of work is really important, people who want to volunteers their time for arts and crafts, writing or blogging or helping to design and put up posters are really valuable too.

"Any existing groups who would like to join forces on this project would be most welcome to attend as well as interested individuals."

Last week it was confirmed the East Peak Innovation Partnership will be putting £3,500 in funding towards a "station adoption" scheme.

A spokesman for the Penistone Line Partnership explained: "Adopting the station by the local community provides volunteer opportunities, adds value to what is already there, helps make the station more welcoming and attractive and encourages local people to be more involved in how their local facilities are managed." END