AS PEOPLE interested in the local railway system and other local historians may know, this year will mark the 150th anniversary of the arrival of two of the railway lines into Buxton.
The official opening of the Midland extension from Rowsley and Hassop was celebrated by a special private train and a luncheon, attended by The Duke of Devonshire, on May 30, 1863.
The first public train ran on Monday June 1 as advertised in the Buxton Advertiser of Saturday May 30.
The Stockport, Disley and Whaley Bridge Railway was extended by the London and North Western Railway into Buxton and another official train entered Buxton on the same Saturday, June 1, 1863. They had a celebration lunch too.
The Buxton Advertiser dated June 20, 1863, reported: “The railway between Whaley Bridge and Buxton is now open.
“Passengers are conveyed daily between Manchester and Buxton, without charge of carriage.”
I think these dates in the town’s history are worth marking by some events.
I would hope to give a talk, illustrated by photographs taken by my late father, E.R. Morten, on the two lines between the 1920s and the 1960s, together with some more recent pictures.
This letter is just to start people thinking about how to make this important time in Buxton’s history and perhaps we could gather together ideas for some commemoration around May 30.