Fifty years since Matlock became the end of the line…

It is exactly 50 years since a Chesterfield-born woman closed the famous railway line through the heart of the Peak District. Steve Brown reports.

ON JULY 1, 1968 on Britain’s railways, all eyes were turned to the imminent demise of the steam locomotive in its last haunts in North West England. As such, the closure of one of the country’s most scenic railway lines rather passed under the radar – for on that day fifty years ago, the direct route for expresses between London St Pancras and Manchester Central via the former Midland Railway route through the heart of the Peak District was finally severed…

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