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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.