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Written by Bevan Price - 05 Nov 2006
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Location notes
Bridge No. 12 is roughly west of Grindleford station. Grindleford Signal Box is visible in photos looking east from this bridge.
At Bridge No. 13, the line is in a tree-lined shallow cutting, with only limited possibilities for photography.
Railway type and traffic
Regular passenger services are all worked by dmus, with Trans Pennine Class 185 or 158, and Central Trains Class 170 or 158, each running hourly on weekdays. In addition, there is a two hourly (hourly on Saturdays) local service, usually worked by Class 142 or 150, with an occasional Class 156.
There is a variety of freight trains, including stone trains from Peak Forest, Tunstead & Dowlow, and cement trains from Earles Sidings.
Rural, with wood-covered hills to the east.
Road directions
There is no road access to either of these bridges. It is recommended that you park near the station, then walk (see public transport, below).
Access to the station is by a minor road off the B6521, which links the A6187 / A625 (east of Hathersage) with the A623 near Eyam.

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Grindleford, Bridges 12 and 13 map co-ordinates
Use on-street parking near the station.
Public transport
By rail to the station by local services from Manchester Piccadilly or Sheffield.
On leaving the platform, head towards the bridge adjacent to the tunnel mouth, then turn left onto a minor road which heads north, away from the railway for about 50 yards, until it curves west and runs roughly parallel to the railway. Soon after passing a small church (Padley Chapel), a path heads south to Bridge No. 12. Walking time about 7 to 10 minutes.
To reach Bridge No. 13, ignore the path to Bridge 12, and continue uphill on the main path for about another mile. After the path starts to become almost level, a poorly defined footpath leads downhill diagonally across a field towards the bridge. Walking time about 12 to 15 minutes.

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None at either bridge. There is a small cafe near the station.
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Grindleford, Bridges 12 and 13

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Grindleford, Bridges 12 and 13 general view map
Grindleford, Bridges 12 and 13 close up map

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Grindleford, Bridges 12 and 13

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Photographic notes
At Bridge No.12, the sun is best placed for eastbound trains until early afternoon, and then for westbound trains until mid-afternoon.
Bridge No. 13 is in shade for most of the day, and photography is probably best on a brightish, but cloudy day.

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

Fig 1 - Looking east

Bridge 12 - Towards Grindleford Signal Box.

Fig 2 - Looking west

Fig 2 - Looking west

Bridge 12

Fig 3 - Looking west

Fig 3 - Looking west

Bridge 13

Fig 4 - Looking east

Fig 4 - Looking east

Bridge 13

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