DetailsThe engineer of the line was George Stephenson rightly called the “Father of Railways”. There are two commemorative plaques outside Littleborough station.
Today there are four scheduled passenger trains per hour each way through the tunnel. The line also carries varying amounts of freight traffic.
Before the Railway opened, the Rochale Canal. opened throughout from Sowerby Bridge to Manchester in 1804, was the major means of transport between the two major industrial areas Before 1804 trade had to carried out on packhorses.
In December 1984 a derailed train containing petrol caught fire and the tunnel was closed for eight months.
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Short Description The Summit Tunnel at Walsden is one of the oldest railway tunnels in the world. Just over 1.6 miles (2.6 km) long, the Tunnel was built between 1838 and 1841 by the Manchester and Leeds Railway. The Tunnel was the longest in the world when it opened. Until the Tunnel was completed, trains ran to both ends and coaches took passengers the two miles or so before they could resume their journey by rail. Type Historic Sites & Trails, Travel & Transport Location Walsden Address Summit Tunnel Walsden West Yorkshire Recharge Point No
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