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Peak Forest is on the freight only line diverging from the Hope Valley route at Chinley and continuing to Tunstead, Buxton and Dowlow. it is in the 'High Peak' of Derbyshire, close to Buxton.
Railway type and traffic
There are regular trains emanating from the various quarries, including RMC at Peak Forest. There is also a regular Enterprise trip working from Dowlow to Warrington.
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The locations is a road bridge overlooking the sidings at Peak Forest. This is the railway name for the location though Peak Forest itself is some distance away and the area is actually known as Peak Dale. The road is fairly quiet.
From the A6 between Buxton and Chapel-en-le-Frith, there are two roads which converge at the bridge, the first from the moors above Buxton, the second from near Dove Holes Station.Click here to set up your location for directions to this location Peak Forest map co-ordinates
There are a few spaces to park round and about the location.
For those flying in to the location, there is a regular hourly bus service from Manchester Airport direct to Peak Dale. Trent service 199 operates every 30 minutes (though only one of those journeys divert via Peak Dale) between Manchester Airport, Stockport, Chapel-en-le-Frith and Buxton.Click here to set up your location for directions to this location
There are no amenities in the area.
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Peak Forest general view map
Peak Forest close up map
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The light is best here for trains heading from the main line at Chinley towards Peak Forest, Tunstead, Buxton and Dowlow. Trains terminating at Peak Forest either use the sidings to the south of the bridge or for RMC traffic in the terminal to the north. The line is mechanically signalled.
Links to photographs at this location
UK Railpics - Peak Forest
General views - All photographs © Mark Bearton unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking north
Fig 2 - Looking south
Fig 3 - Looking south
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