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A journey into history as train traverses ‘Todmorden Curve’

Taken from Stansfield Hall footbridge this picture taken by David Evans is of the first train to traverse the recently completed Stansfield Hall Curve (Todmorden Curve)

Taken from Stansfield Hall footbridge this picture taken by David Evans is of the first train to traverse the recently completed Stansfield Hall Curve (Todmorden Curve)

Taken from Stansfield Hall footbridge this picture taken by photographer and rail enthusiast David Evans is of the first train to traverse the recently completed Stansfield Hall Curve (Todmorden Curve) and is seen passing over Stansfield Hall Junction.

In doing so, it became the first train for over 40 years to travel directly from Todmorden to Burnley without the need to reverse at Hallroyd Junction, says David.

The train in the picture was a special rail tour named the Topper Chopper, run by Pathfinder Railtours.

It set off from Crewe and toured the North West, running along all sorts of routes, and sidings, not normally used by passenger-carrying trains, he said.

David added: “It was ‘double-headed’ by two Class 20 locomotives - a type used for freight trains, and an unusual sighting on this part of the rail network. A Class 37 was at the rear, for use when the train had to reverse and return along single-track routes.”

 

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