Wednesday 3 April 2024

Saga Of A small Station (3)

The Fall And Rise if Dore And Totley

 1870  Midland Railway opened 
via Bradway Tunnel.
 1872  Dore and Totley opens

 1894  The Hope Valley line opens
(triangular junction)
 1901  Four tracks Dore to Sheffield

 1902  Four platforms at 
Dore and Totley
 1963  ??? Main line platfroms closed

  1969  Station became an 
instaffed halt

 1971  Renamed Dure
 1983  Main Line platforms demolished

 1985  Station & junction reducd 
to single track
 2008  Station re-renamed 
Dore and Totley

For a good few years the stopping service via the Hope Valley welcomed the dreaded Pacer.
At least, by then, the service did run through to Manchester. With the closure of the Woodhead line in 1981, an hourly fast service ran to Manchester and  many local trains ran between Sheffield and Chinley or New Mills only.

But let us roll on to today's service. There are now two "fast" trains an hour via the Hope Valley. 

Trans Pennine : Liverpool, Manchester, Sheffield, Doncaster, Cleethorpes.
Occasional commuter time trains call at Dore and Totley ...

... as shown on the map and in the timetable.

East Midlands Railway : Liverpool, Manchester, Sheffield, Nottingham, Norwich
Occasional commuter trains call at Dore and Totley ...
... and are shown on the timetable but NOT on the route diagram!
Fortunately for said commuters into Sheffield, 
Northern Trains ...
... offers a composite timetable and better trains for their own schedules.
There is a slightly less understandable map!
But whoever is in charge of the UK's trains this week wants to be able to run THREE fast trains an hour via the Hope Valley - or they did before Covid.

So an umpteen zillion scheme is afoot (nearly complete!) to double the track through Dore and Totley.

Here is the section as was ...

... and here as planned.
There are pictures of the work on the track in progress ...
... nearly complete ...
... and the super whizzo lift-equipped footbridge.
It should all be very splendid.

Outside of this major change, fbb should point out some other improvements.

Protection from the weather was very very minimalist at de-staffed Dore and Totley, being a rather useless wooden hut.
But a stunning improvement has been a lavish (?) platform canopy ...
... affixed to the station building.

From being boarded up and very closed, the building has become a smart eatery ...
... with a fairly unpronounceable name. 
It has a limited main course menu ...
... which looks colourfully attractive! Yummy yummy!
But this little station has one more surprise. Thanks to the finances from Travel South Yorkshire, the station has a small Park and Ride facility ...
... which looked full when Streetview ambled past.

Dore and Totley is rapidly developing into a sophisticated small station! It would be good if the proposed third fast train per hour were to stop there. The stoppers do not make for an attractive route to Manchester.

Tomorrow we go to Glasgow.
Maty recognised the GARDENER (eventually) as the Risen Jesus. Unbelievable? Of course it is unbelievable if you limit your thinking to the restricted human world. But we are dealing with God whose abilities and technology are infinitely superior to those of man. With God all things are possible.

So when Jesus appears to his unbelieving ...
 ... a locked door is, of course, no problem.
He inspires them and tells tem to go out and tell others that the Good News of forgiveness of sin is indeed the answer. They are beginning t understand .,.
... at last!

Clue : mail or employment opportunity.

Meanwhile, on the road to Emmaus ...

 Ride Over The Clyde blog : Thurs 4th April 


  1. The 'new' station is a big improvement and has been very nicely implemented in Midland Railway colours; pity the lifts aren't yet working, but they should be soon. Unfortunately, there is no immediate prospect of 3 fast trains per hour (or 4 as originally envisaged) due to Manchester Piccadilly being unable to accommodate them, until new through platforms are built there it seems - a distant prospect. The main gain is better reliability of the timetable, with trains in one direction no longer liable to hold up those in the opposite direction, and less likelihood of slow goods trains impeding passenger services along the Hope Valley.

  2. The Chesterfield line platforms at D and T closed in January 1967 when the Sheffield-Derby and Nottingham local servcie was withdrawn.

  3. "...with a fairly unpronounceable name" - you share reams of untranslated French every fourth blog but a simple name you deem problematic because it's... Asian? Is that a bit too foreign?