A pair of Class 76 loco's await clearance into Tinsley Yard from Broughton Lane junction in 1981 probably from doing their duty on the Woodhead line. 

The Woodhead line was subsequently closed in this year so this could possibly be their last journey to the scrap yard.

A very similar view 30 years later in January 2011. The line to Broughton Lane was taken out of use in 1992, but since Tinsley Yard signalbox had closed last year (2010), Network Rail is looking into reinstating it to accept trains directly from Woodburn again.

The building in the background with the small tower on the roof confirms the location.

This time a reverse shot in 1981 of a train entering Tinsley Yard at Shepcote Lane junction, again on the branch line from Broughton Lane junction, Shepcote Lane signalbox is just visible in the centre.

Thanks to Arnie Furniss for both shots from 1981, you can see more of his own collection by clicking HERE.

Another view showing a train approaching Tinsley Yard from Shepcote Lane.

Picture courtesy of John Miller.

A recent shot in 2011 and Shepcote Lane junction is nothing more than a through route. The line to the left is the out-of-use singled line to Broughton Lane junction.

The line in use to the right is the now singled line to Tinsley South junction (formerly just Tinsley station junction. Behind me is Tinsley Yard.

Another line, now taken out and cannot be seen is the former connecting double line to Brightside station. This is where West Tinsley station was situated about a quarter of a mile away. See below for the remaining part of this line today (2011).

Shepcote Lane signalbox pictured in March 1985. The box opened on the 7th of December 1964 and closed on the 8th of November 1992.

Today the actual signalbox site has been excavated to a depth, so unfortunately its not worth taking a recent shot of where it was. 

An extract from the mid 60's confirming the resignalling and opening of Shepcote Lane & Tinsley Park signalboxes.

It also shows the abolishment of several boxes, including 'Brown Bayleys', a box which has slipped through the net and no photo's of it exist. Could you have one?







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