Accrington Web
   

Home Gallery Arcade Blogs Members List Today's Posts
Go Back   Accrington Web > AccyWeb > General Community Talk
Donate! Join Today

General Community Talk General Hyndburn community chat.


Welcome to Accrington Web!

We are a discussion forum dedicated to the towns of Accrington, Oswaldtwistle and the surrounding areas, sometimes referred to as Hyndburn! We are a friendly bunch please feel free to browse or read on for more info.
You are currently viewing our site as a guest which gives you limited access to view most discussions and access our other features. By joining our free community you will have access to post topics, photos, play in the community arcade and use our blog section. Registration is fast, simple and absolutely free, so please, join our community today!



Like Tree34Likes
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 22-03-2012, 12:46   #1
Full Member
 
keep the faith's Avatar
 

Todmorden Curve

Several weeks ago, it was reported in the local (ish) weekly newspaper that the proposed rail link between Accrington and Manchester otherwise known as "The Todmorden Curve" had been given the green light. I for one was highly delighted at this news, as it would mean a more comfortable, direct and hassle free way of getting to the city for everyone including commuters, shoppers and anyone wishing to go into Manchester for a spot of socialising.

This week it came to my attention via a very reliable source, that the project has now been cancelled after a recent feasibility study.

I contacted the local (ish) weekly newspaper to ask if they had any knowledge of this. I must admit I was shocked by their attitude to me asking them this question. The reporter that I spoke to couldn't have been more obnoxious if he'd have tried. He didn't have any knowledge of the situation, and neither was he prepared to go off my "say so"

I suggested he made some enquiries and if in fact my information turns out to be correct, then they owe it to the readers of the local (ish) weekly newspaper, to update the story.

Is that too much to ask? If that's the way people are spoken to when they contact this newspaper with a news item, then I have no intention of ever contacting them again.
keep the faith is offline   Reply With Quote
Accrington Web
Old 22-03-2012, 14:22   #2
Full Member
 

Re: Todmorden Curve

I'm told the funding for the Todmorden Curve has already been secured. It would be ridiculous to spend 130 million on the Northern Hub (yesterday's Budget) without it.
Balbus is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22-03-2012, 14:23   #3
Coffin Dodger.

 
cashman's Avatar
 
Jewel Quest Champion!
Cribbage Master Champion!

Re: Todmorden Curve

I think yeh have been very restrained to not mention the fact it was that useless local rag the Accy Observer.
__________________
N.L.T.B.G.Y.D. Do not argue with an idiot, they will drag you down to their level and beat you with experience.
cashman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22-03-2012, 14:32   #4
God Member

 
Tealeaf's Avatar
 

Re: Todmorden Curve

Well, if it has been cancelled then someone needs to let the Dingles know. It looks like they will now be spending a few bob on doing up Manchester Rd station. Here's a report from last weeks regional developers rag:

> News > Station work moves ahead for Todmorden Curve - Place North West

If the curve rebuild is not to go ahead, it will probably be because the rest of the Manchester-Leeds line is now to be electrified and as such there won't be any room for any mucky old East Lancs DMU's to share the track.
Tealeaf is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22-03-2012, 14:57   #5
Rest in Peace
 
claytonx's Avatar
 

Re: Todmorden Curve

Evening Telegraph 31 October 2011 9 Million boost for go ahead on Todmorden Curve. Nick Clegg confirmed monies from Regional Growth Fund.
claytonx is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22-03-2012, 18:51   #6
Resting in Peace
 
jaysay's Avatar
 

Re: Todmorden Curve

Well I'm glad its going ahead, take the strain of all those plastic mancs on match days
__________________
35 YEARS AND COUNTING
jaysay is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 23-03-2012, 08:52   #7
Senior Member+

 
Gremlin's Avatar
 

Re: Todmorden Curve

Last week I noticed workmen clearing the old track bed and there was plenty of activity with machinery.
It looks like work has already started.
__________________
Gremlin R.T.
Gremlin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 23-03-2012, 09:27   #8
Administrator


 
Neil's Avatar
 
Ace Driver Champion!
Onslaught 2.1 Champion!
Defender of the Holy Pig Champion!

Re: Todmorden Curve

Not being an expert on trains I had a look on google maps to see where this missing curve was. This link shows what I think is the missing bit.

Todmorden - Google Maps

The track at the top of the picture curves to the right and you can see, if you zoom in a bit, where the track curves to the left disapears into the trees. It can just be seen where it used to join to the track in the bottom left of the picture.

Its hard to understand why this track was ever removed with it being so short a section.
__________________
Site Forum Rules/ Site Disclaimer can be seen from this link
Neil is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 23-03-2012, 10:11   #9
Senior Member+

 
Gremlin's Avatar
 

Re: Todmorden Curve

The curve made up one side of a triangle, one side ran from Todmorden station to Burnley and onwards to Accrington, another side ran from Todmorden station to Hebden Bridge and beyond, that is still functioning The third side was the line from Burnley to Hebden Bridge which missed out Todmorden Station and is also still in use.
When the Curve is reinstated trains will once more run from Accrington through Todmorden station and onwards to Manchester on the existing line.

In summer there were always plenty of trains running through Todmorden station to Blackpool and the line was very busy.

When I was a youngster there were coal trains running from Yorkshire to Lancashire and banking engines were stationed on a line next to the Curve to push the trains up to Copy pit.
Some drivers would let us ride up and back with them. One day we got to Copy Pit and the signalman told the driver his engine was needed back at Rose Grove and not to return to Todmorden. Me and my mate had to walk it all the way back home, I guess we were about 10 years old at the time.
__________________
Gremlin R.T.
Gremlin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 23-03-2012, 10:48   #10
Give, give, give member
 
garinda's Avatar
 

Re: Todmorden Curve

Also mentioned here, when it was first announced.

http://www.accringtonweb.com/forum/f...rve-59758.html
__________________
'If you're going to be a Kant, be the very best Kant there is my son.'
Johann Georg Kant, father of Immanuel Kant, philosopher.






garinda is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 23-03-2012, 16:41   #11
God Member
 
yerself's Avatar
 

Re: Todmorden Curve

Have a read here: Todmorden Curve diagram Community Rail Lancashire
__________________
Under democracy one party always devotes its chief energies to trying to prove that the other party is unfit to rule - and both commonly succeed, and are right.

Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive.
yerself is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 23-03-2012, 17:12   #12
Full Member
 
keep the faith's Avatar
 

Re: Todmorden Curve

Quote:
Originally Posted by cashman View Post
I think yeh have been very restrained to not mention the fact it was that useless local rag the Accy Observer.
Nice one Cashy!!!
keep the faith is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 24-03-2012, 19:20   #13
Full Member
 
stetrovers's Avatar
 

Re: Todmorden Curve

If they do reinstate the curve will this mean a train would be able to a circular, so, for instance, if i want to go to Manchester from Accrington i could go through Blackburn one way or through Todmorden the other way? Would Northern Rail do this do you think? An extra train every hour would be good, stopping at all stations
stetrovers is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-08-2012, 19:30   #14
Full Member+
 
Reamer's Avatar
 

Re: Todmorden Curve

Here's a link from the LT showing revamped design for Burnley Man Rd station.
Final paragraph states that services to Manchester via Tod curve due to start May 2014

Iconic fin design planned in Burnley Railway Station revamp (From Lancashire Telegraph)
Reamer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-08-2012, 19:56   #15
Senior Member
 

Re: Todmorden Curve

Having lived in Tod I never understood why it was removed, my son came back on the train from Blackpool and had to get off at Hebden Bridge and then walk to the taxi office to get a cab to Todmorden (the train having passed his house !)
wadey is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools



Other sites of interest.. More town sites..




All times are GMT. The time now is 02:38.


2003-2013 AccringtonWeb.com



Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.1