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EM1 electric locomotive and train emerging from the new Woodhead Tunnel.

EM1 electric locomotive and train emerging from the new Woodhead Tunnel.

L2537. One of the problems linked with the electrification of the Woodhead Route was that the original twin-bore Woodhead Tunnels were to narrow and low to allow for the overhead electric cables. Rather than enlarge these tunnels, it was decided to create a new tunnel, immediately to the south of the old ones. This can clearly be seen in this photograph of an EM1 locomotive emerging with its train from the new tunnel in February 1964. The original tunnels stand abandoned to the left of the new one while the original castellated station building has been demolished. Incidentally, the Woodhead Tunnels were over three miles long.
qkwWoodhead Tunnel
alt_titleEM1 electric locomotive and train emerging from the new Woodhead Tunnel.
themesengineering achievements and industrial archaeology
socio-economic context
subjectElectrical apparatus - Overhead Wire Gantry
Railway Companies - British Railways
railway locomotives - main line locomotives
Railway tracks - Electrified line
railway tunnels - abandoned tunnels
railway tunnels - tunnel entrance
railways - Electric railways
Publisher
ContributorMuseum of Science & Industry in Manchester
Creatorpersonalname - Clarke, John
Datecreation - 1964-02
TypeNegatives - Black and White
Formatdimension.H - 60mm
dimension.W - 60mm
Identifier244A
SourceJohn Clarke Collection - Museum of Science & Industry in Manchester
LanguageEN
Relationpart of - John Clarke Collection - Museum of Science & Industry in Manchester
copy of - Acetate Negative
CoverageLocation.Creation Site - Woodhead, Cheshire (O.S. Ref: 411300 399900)
Location.Current Repository - Museum of Science & Industry in Manchester
point - 1964-02
RightsMuseum of Science & Industry in Manchester