It’s amazing how a tune can bring back memories. I’ve just been listening to Tubeway Army and it took me right back to when I was working as an area relief clerk at Guide Bridge.
The picture below is from an even earlier time, 13 years earlier to be precise, but it fits well with the tune!
I rarely ventured into Manchester in those days but I can remember watching from Dinting school playing field as Minerva (the loco in the foreground) clattered over the viaduct, along with her six sisters and the equally loved EM1 fleet, while the venerable class 506 sets worked the local passenger services.
A few years after the picture the seven EM2s were sold to the Netherlands Railways when Woodhead lost its passenger service then a couple of years after the tune it was all gone, bar the 506s which managed to survive another three years before they were replaced by AC units.
The Woodhead line is now a footpath, Guide Bridge nothing more than a shadow of the thriving railway centre that it once was, and BR is sadly missed by many of the old school railwaymen who once regarded it as their life’s work.