Hadfield: A small village set at the foot of the Peak District hills, near Glossop and just inside the Derbyshire border.
Hadfield from above 2012
Location of Hadfield Hadfield from above 1936
I moved to Hadfield in 2009 and I took an instant liking to the place, most of all the station and the disused goods yard. I was intrigued by the relative size of the yard for such a small village so I decided to do some research. Despite it being part of what is arguably one of the most famous railway lines in the country, documentary evidence of old Hadfield was fairly difficult to find. I trawled the internet for hours/days/weeks to find any snippet of information, copying or downloading it then archiving it for future use. Similarly, I’ve probably bought or at least seen more or less everything ever published on the Woodhead Line but still Hadfield bits were like hen’s teeth. A work colleague suggested I have a look at http://www.old-maps.co.uk to see if I could find an actual track plan, so I did and this is what I found… Quite impressive.
It was my original intention to make a static display model of the station and yard, which would measure around 7’ x 1’ in 2mm scale and would fit nicely across the back wall of my garage but I made the decision to dismantle my other layout and make this one worthwhile, after all what’s the point of spending all this time and effort on something that doesn’t actually do anything except collect dust?
A quick word about trams.
Further into this narrative there are a few pictures featuring trams. There has not been a tramway system in Hadfield since 1927 but I like trams and it’s my model so this is my ‘what if’.
In 1903 Glossop Tramways began operations between Glossop and Hadfield via Woolley Bridge, a distance of 4 route miles (2 miles as the crow flies but this is the Pennines, remember) at a cost of £54,000, offering a service every 15/20 minutes either way – all for a ha’penny, providing transport for everyone that needed it. All was well until the outbreak of war in 1914 when the service was cut back, finishing at 10pm with fares rising accordingly. The service never really recovered from the war years and it finally ended – rather theatrically at 11pm on December 24th 1927 with a ‘Last Tram’ from both Hadfield Terminus and Old Glossop. Maybe they met in the middle at Glossop tram shed, who knows?
Resplendent in green, yellow and gold, these single-deckers defined the colours the village still keeps to this day (Tesco permitting).