- Thorpe Cloud railway station
"Thorpe Cloud railway station"' was opened in
1899near to Hartingtongbmapping|SK156503 a village in Derbyshiresouth east of Buxton
It was on the
Ashbourne Linebuilt by the LNWRas a branch from the Cromford and High Peak Railway(which ran from Whaley Bridgeto Cromford) at Parsley Hay
It utilised part of the
Cromford and High Peak Railway(which ran from Whaley Bridgeto Cromford) joining it at Hindlowand proceeding to a branch to Ashbourne at Parsley Hay
In common with the other stations on this line, the platforms and buildings were of timber construction. From Parsley Hay to Ashbourne the line was single with passing loops at the stations, though provision was made for doubling which never occurred. Like the previous station at Tissington it was built on a gradient of 1 in 60, downwards towards Ashbourne, and the modular buildings were stepped to accommodate this.
The station took its name from a nearby hill,
Thorpe Cloudwhich was also the beginning of Dovedale. It was a popular venue for the Ramblers' Association.
Regular passenger services ended in
1954, though excursions continued until 1963. Freight continued until October of that year, the track to Ashbourne finally being lifted in 1964
The track bed from Ashbourne to Parsley Hay was acquired by
Derbyshire County Counciland the Peak National Parkin 1968for a cycle and walking route. This, the Tissington Trailwas one of the first of such ventures in the country. Later, Ashbourne Tunnel was acquired by Sustrans.
Cromford and High Peak Railway
* Bentley, J.M., Fox, G.K., (1997) "Railways of the High Peak: Buxton to Ashbourne (Scenes From The Past series 32)," Romiley: Foxline Publishing
* [http://www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/hptt/ Tissington & High Peak Trails - access and facilities]
* [http://www.ramblers.org.uk/info/paths/penninebridleway.html The Pennine Bridleway]
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