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Written by Bevan Price - 01 Apr 2007
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Location notes
The location overlooks the southern part of Chinley triangle, where the line crosses over the A6 Chapel-en-le-Frith by pass. The actual south junction was originally located here, but the points are now closer to Chapel-en-le-Frith, and the two tracks function as separate single lines to / from the north and east junctions.
Railway type and traffic
There are no booked passenger trains.
There is a variety of freight trains, mainly consisting of stone trains from Peak Forest, Tunstead and Dowlow.
Environment
Farmland on the northern edge of Chapel-en-le-Frith.

Safety Caution.
The footpath passes through a field which is sometimes occupied by a herd of inquisitive and, possibly, intimidating cows. Even in summer, the occupation bridge can be ankle-deep in mud. The initial section of the footpath from the A624 is potentially unsafe in icy or very damp weather conditions.
Road directions
There is no road access to this location. Park in Chapel-en-le-Frith as close as you can get to the A624, then itís a walk.

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Chinley South Junction, Chapel Milton map co-ordinates
Parking
None. Suggest use on-street parking in Chapel-en-le-Frith, then walk to location.
Public transport
By rail to Chinley station by local services from Manchester Piccadilly or Sheffield, then a longish walk (25 to 30 minutes). Turn left into Station Road. At the end, cross over into Buxton Road (B6062), which joins the A624 at a T-junction. Continue south along the A624, passing Chinley North Junction signal box, and then pass under two railway viaducts. Immediately after passing under the A6 Chapel-en-le-Frith by-pass, a very steep, poorly defined footpath climbs westward, adjacent to the A6. After passing through a field, the footpath reaches an occupation bridge over the railway.
Access is also possible from Chapel-en-le-Frith station on the Stockport to Buxton line, but the station is located a long way south of the town centre - walking time around 40 minutes to Chinley South Junction. O.S. maps show an alternative access to the bridge from Chapel-en-le-Frith by a footpath through farmland on the west side of the railway - this was not explored, as the track on the west side of the bridge had been churned up by cows and was virtually impassable with everyday footwear.

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Chinley South Junction, Chapel Milton

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Photographic notes
Photographs are possible from the bridge, or from the footpath across the field just before reaching the bridge. The lighting conditions favour photography of southbound trains. During the middle part of the day, the sun is located behind northbound trains, making photography difficult.


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


Fig 1 - Looking north

A train coming off the north to south side of the triangle.

Fig 2 - Looking north


Fig 2 - Looking north

A train coming off the east to south side of the triangle.

Fig 3 - Looking south


Fig 3 - Looking south

A train heading for East Junction and Hope Valley line.

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