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Written by Bevan Price - 08 Jul 2010
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Location notes
This location lies on the Trans Pennine route between Manchester and Leeds, about 5 miles from Stalybridge.
It is a bridge, and a nearby footbridge, crossing the Manchester to Huddersfield railway.
Railway type and traffic
This location lies on the Trans Pennine route between Manchester and Leeds, about 5 miles from Stalybridge.
Passenger traffic consists of up to 4 Trans Pennine Expresses per hour in each direction, worked by Class 185 or Class 170 dmus. In addition, there is an hourly local service between Manchester Victoria and Huddersfield, worked by Northern Rail Class 142, 150 or 156.
A few freight services may be seen on Mondays to Fridays, mostly worked by DBS or Freightliner Class 66.
Environment
Mainly rural, on the edge of Diggle village, adjacent to the Huddersfield Narrow Canal. There is a small area of housing on the South East side of the railway.
Road directions
There are no nearby motorways. From Oldham, take the A62 road towards Huddersfield. In Delph village, turn right onto the A6052. At the end of this road (near Saddleworth Viaduct), turn left onto the A670. After about mile, take the right fork (Huddersfield Rd.) towards Diggle Village. After about mile, turn right into Ward Lane, and continue until you reach the railway bridge.
From Ashton Under Lyne, take the A670 through Uppermill, then proceed as above.
From Huddersfield, take the A62 towards Oldham, then fork left into Huddersfield Road towards Diggle village, then turn left into Ward Lane.

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Parking
Park in the road near the bridge, but avoid causing obstructions to other traffic.
Public transport
On weekdays, there is an hourly bus service (184) from Manchester, Oldham and Greenfield station to Diggle (Old Station). An additional hourly service 184 buses run between Manchester, Oldham and Huddersfield through Diggle village, about mile from this location.
Note however that the majority of service 184 buses terminate at Uppermill, so be careful to check the bus destination. Alight in Diggle Village (Huddersfield Road) and walk along Ward Lane. Alternatively, walk along canal towpath from Station Road near Diggle Old Station (about 5 minutes). See the Greater Manchester PTE website for public transport information in the area, including links to downloadable bus /rail maps (the Oldham area covers this location)

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Amenities
There are none in the immediate area. There are limited shopping facilities in nearby Diggle village, otherwise you need to go to Uppermill, about 1 miles away.
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Diggle Junction

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Photographic notes
The line runs approximately SSW to NNE at this location, and for much of the day it is best for photographing trains heading towards Manchester. There are 2 possibilities here, the Ward Lane bridge near Diggle Junction Signal Box, and a footbridge about 200 yards on the Manchester (south) side of the road bridge, reached from a path leading from the towpath of the nearby canal. The footbridge probably provides better views for photography . In addition, dependent on the extent of vegetation growth each year, there may be photographic opportunities from the canal tow path.


General views - All photographs © Bevan Price unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking north east


Fig 1 - Looking north east

From the Ward Lane bridge.

Fig 2 - Looking north east


Fig 2 - Looking north east

From the Ward Lane bridge.

Fig 3 - Looking south west


Fig 3 - Looking south west

Towards Stalybridge and Manchester from the Ward Lane bridge.

Fig 4 - Looking north west


Fig 4 - Looking north west

From the footbridge looking towards Ward Lane.

Fig 5 - Looking south west



Fig 5 - Looking south west

From the footbridge looking towards Ward Lane.

Fig 6 - Looking south west



Fig 6 - Looking south west

From the footbridge looking towards Stalybridge and Manchester.

Fig 7 - Image David Dawson



Fig 7 - <i>Image  David Dawson</i>


Fig 8 - Looking north



Fig 8 - Looking north

From the canal towpath

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