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14-05-2015, 09:42 AM
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14-05-2015, 10:03 AM
What's in the goodie bag...?

14-05-2015, 10:07 AM
Crikey connecting Tod to the rest of the world, that could be dangerous! What next Bacup?

14-05-2015, 10:11 AM
"What's in the goodie bag...?"

Never mind that, I'm going for the muffins. :D

14-05-2015, 10:22 AM
Think thats a young you hanging out of one of the carriage windows.Think it is a "special" to a pre season friendly at Halifax Town ,August 1962. Match abandoned after heavy snow.
On the way back train was attacked by militant feminists at Hebden Bridge , they stole my rattle.
Whilst waiting for a relief train we held an impromptu cricket match in a nearby feild defeating a yorkshire team made up of 10 ewes and a ram. Happy days!

14-05-2015, 10:43 AM
Didn't think anyone would have recognised me clansman :D

14-05-2015, 11:28 AM
I think you've misread the article CleggHall - Tod has been connected to the outside world the entire time. Unless you're thinking that the Tod connecting to the 'rest of the world' actually means Burnley, the place which hasn't been connected to the outside world for decades.

14-05-2015, 11:37 AM
Walton, as a Tod man myself, I know that it a few years since trains went past my granny's house up Knotts Road. :D

14-05-2015, 12:29 PM
I see pricing has been set by the usual lunatics at 9.00 Burnley - Tod single...

I'm old enough to have travelled on the lamentable BR and support and have enjoyed the benefits of privatisation but despair of the non-management of the railways in the 20+ years since by governments of all shades (to add to the lack of investment for 50+ years previously). This is a ***** piece of national infrastructure and the investment needs to be funded and the running cost needs to be squeezed out of it by a more judicious mixture of competition and long-term planning / commitment. Of course, I would say this, but independent research does seems to suggest that much of the cost problem lies with the (currently - not always in its previous incarnation) government-controlled monopoly; whose employees are just about to have us over a barrel...

14-05-2015, 12:59 PM
"I see pricing has been set by the usual lunatics at 9.00 Burnley - Tod single..."

I believe the day return price from Burnley to Manchester is just under a tenner - so I'll be sticking to the bus which is more convenient for me and free.

14-05-2015, 01:08 PM
"Walton, as a Tod man myself, I know that it a few years since trains went past my granny's house up Knotts Road."

Currently, two trains an hour go along the line by Knotts Rd as it's the line between Burnley and Hebden Bridge. This development will double that to four an hour.

14-05-2015, 04:28 PM
Thanks for this update Tufty.

I guess the problem has always been the inability of trains from Manchester "turning left" at Tod to head up through Lydgate, Cornholme and Portsmouth.

It was a very busy line for coal trains in the 1950s/60s necessitating another locomotive on the back to push the heavy goods train uphill.

Fancy taking coal to Burnley!

14-05-2015, 04:44 PM
They used to pick up coal at the top of that hill, too. Here are some pictures of the old Copy Pit(from which that stretch of line gets it's) in Cliviger.




14-05-2015, 04:48 PM
Here's a couple more of an old steam loco coming up the hill through Lydgate/Cornholme.



14-05-2015, 05:01 PM
Great photos Tufty, many thanks. I am a boy again!
Staff of Life is clearly visible.

14-05-2015, 05:23 PM
I agree with Tony as I too have a bus pass. Not much quicker either. The only advantage, for us of a certain age, is the loo if you've had a few beers in the Northern Quarter .

14-05-2015, 07:34 PM
Never thought the day would come considering its farcical inception. It would arrive a week before I move out of town, but there we go.

While it's obviously a plus, I thought it would be quicker and it's hardly cheap - though that's a general problem with trains anyway.