FRIENDS OF NEW MILLS STATIONS

July 1St 2015 – CENTRAL STATION HAS BEEN SERVING THE LOCAL COMMUNITY FOR 150 YEARS!
Across July there will be a number of events to celebrate this beginning with….

11.15 a.m. PLAQUE UNVEILING AT NEW MILLS CENTRAL STATION
Northern Rail’s Area Manager, Alex Hynes will arrive for the ceremony to unveil the plaque at Central Railway Station at 11.15pm

The 150th Anniversary of the Station‘s opening on the 1st July 1865 is being celebrated in New Mills with a number of events, starting with the unveiling of the plaque. The Station has served the community ever since it opened; it is situated on the Hope Valley line which goes from Manchester to Sheffield through beautiful scenery.

The Plaque is intended to appeal to children – to encourage them to ask questions – to give a lead-in to age-related discussions.

These might include mysteries like ‘why is the engine hiding in that tunnel?’
‘Does the railway really go under the town centre?’ ‘Yes – it does!’ ‘So – Why doesn’t it go to Hayfield anymore?’
‘How did they build the bridges and viaducts?’ ‘Why is that boat crossing the river on a bridge?’ – Check out the canal aqueduct between Marple and Romiley!
‘Can I build trains and bridges with Lego?’ ‘Yes! It’s fun!’

Older children may be interested in people like Trevithick who in 1804 built the First Railway Locomotive. Other inventors followed, tackling all sorts of problems with their experiments – creating a few bangs as they evolved and developed their designs. Blenkinsop ran the first commercially successful locomotive which was was followed by William Hedley’s ‘Puffing Billy’.

George Stephenson is famous for developing his engines ‘Locomotion’ (1825) and then the famous ‘Rocket’ and ‘Planet.’ Incredible achievements! Tough and reliable with an efficient multi-tube boiler by 1830 these locomotives were soon hauling trains between Manchester and Liverpool with the poor passengers traveling in open carriages!

More railway lines were being built in the following years and New Mills Station was opened in 1865.

Did Stephenson and his Rocket ever come through New Mills? We’d like to think so!
But -– That’s something else to research on the internet!!

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