In Pictures: The Redevelopment of Stalybridge Station

Stalybridge railway station’s remodelling work, over the space of a year

Stalybridge Station and Class 185
185124 loading at platform four on the 1224 journey to Scarborough.

Last autumn, we had an update on the remodelling works at Stalybridge railway station. Following my last proper visit, I kept my promise of making another visit in the new year. So far, most of the work has been completed. The only exception to this are the lifts on the Manchester and Yorkshire platforms and the lack of real time information on the display boards on Platforms 1 – 3.

Before we wander off, some of our images were taken during the remodelling works, with a ‘before and after’ aspect to them. For photography nerds, the ‘before’ images were taken with a FED-4B rangefinder camera with AGFA Vista Plus film (24 exposure ISO200, purchased from Poundland’s Huddersfield branch).

Have a good trip!

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During remodelling works:

Stalybridge Station, looking towards Buffet Bar
Ready for relaying: some brand spanking new CWR track suitable for higher line speeds.
Stalybridge Station and Class 156 Super Sprinter
156487 and two disparate shelters, now swept away by a brand new nearly all glass affair.
Stalybridge Station and Class 170 DMU
170307 Turbostar DMU, photographed by the side of the former Platform 3.

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After remodelling works:

Stalybridge Station, Yorkshire platform
Today’s Platform 4, and the 1880s station building in full view.
Stalybridge Station, towards the old Manchester platform
The new waiting room and coffee shop, seen from the bidirectional Platform Three.
Stalybridge Station, from second Manchester platform
Another view of the waiting room and coffee shop, this time from Platform One.
Stalybridge Station towards Yorkshire
A view of the new-look Stalybridge railway station towards Yorkshire.
Stalybridge Station, from end of platform 1
The new-look Stalybridge railway station looking towards Manchester.
Stalybridge Station, signal gantry
It looks like a starting or finishing line to one’s journey, but the gantry’s high enough to accommodate 25kV overhead line equipment when this route is electrified in 2018.
Stalybridge Station Buffet Bar
And of course, every trip to Stalybridge railway station has to start or finish here. The unmissable buffet bar of course!

S.V., 13 January 2013.

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