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Friday, 17 June 2011

30 Years and counting - Woodhead Anniversary events

For the sake of sixteen miles!

Saturday 16th July 2011 marks exactly 30 years since the last train ran along the Woodhead line from Manchester to Sheffield. To commemorate this sad milestone Re-open the Woodhead Tunnel Route campaign are staging a series of events including a wreath laying at Manchester Piccadilly, a walk/cycle to the tunnel and a symbolic meeting with our friends from the Sheffield side on the moors above the mid-point of the tunnel.

In making our way to the route's mid-point we are demonstrating the extreme lengths people go to for the sake of sixteen miles of missing track.

Provisional details are listed below but we'll be confirming arrangements in the next few weeks. If you'd like to help out or get involved with the event please contact us:

Oh, and did I mention, there will also be an especially brewed real ale, 'Tunnel Vision' a mid brown 4% strength session beer has been produced by Pete Roberts, micro-brewer and landlord of the Harlequin Pub, Nursery Street, Sheffield and should be available in real ale pubs in Sheffield, Huddersfield, Manchester and at many locations across the north of England.

Many thanks to our good friends from Don Valley Railway for organising the beer, we will meet representatives from their group on the moor above the Woodhead Tunnel mid-point.

Saturday 16th July 2011 (exact details tbc)

9.30am - meet Platform 1, Manchester Piccadilly Station

10.18am - Train to Hadfield (hopefully a folk train)

10.59 - Arrive Hadfield

11.00 - For the Sake of Sixteen Miles... Cycle and walk to Woodhead (car lifts on request)

12.30 - Congregate at Woodhead Tunnel entrance, Woodhead

2.30 - Meeting on moor with Don Valley Railway representatives