Todmorden Loop

Work has started on reinstating the Todmorden Curve, the 500-yard switchback line which will enable trains to reach Manchester via the Caldervale Line. The line is worked over the weekends all night and all day, whatever the weather and trains are cancelled.  I went a few times to see what was happening in the pouring rain or at night.  First an area of trees had been felled and a flat space created next to the track, where the new points were assembled on their concrete sleepers.  The was a tricky place to work as it was on top a a viaduct, so space was quite limited.  Over the weekend pictured here, the line was moved into position, with the old line parts being taken out, and new ballast put in.

 

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