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Summit Tunnel 175 Anniversary



Tuesday 1st March 2016


Littleborough Station.


The Littleborough Historical and Archaeological Museum on the station will be open from 09:30 to 12:30.


The band of the Holy Trinity C of E primary school will play from  09:45


10:15  The Mayor of Rochdale Councillor Surindar Biant will formally open the small exhibition.


10:20  Speeches by Keith Whitmore, Roy Chapman (and possibly Prof Salveson) and cutting of the birthday cake.


10:53 Party joins the train from Littleborough to travel through the tunnel.   Points of interest pointed out.


11:09  Train arrives at Hebden Bridge  Change Platforms.


11:18 Train departs Hebden Bridge for Littleborough.


11:34 Train arrives Littleborough.


11:35  Cups of tea and time for networking and reminiscing.


12:30  Close.


The Fire Service Museum will be attending at Littleborough with a photo display and a fire engine.


There will be a photo display at Bury Transport Museum from 29 February for a couple of weeks.


The Summit Inn played a big part in the building of the tunnel.   All meetings between Directors, Engineers etc took place at the Inn.


There will also be an exhibition and celebration at the Jubilee Refreshment Room at Sowerby Bridge Station all day.


STORM has commissioned a limited number of Summit Tunnel ‘totem’ fridge magnets, kindly Sponsored by Matterson Cranes, Rochdale, which will be on sale.


Copies of the excellent book "A Pennine Pioneer, The History of Summit Railway Tunnel" by Allen Holt published by George Kelsall in 1999 will be on sale on special offer at £5.


Contact Information


Meeting Place: Woolworths Social Club
Gipsy Lane
OL11 3HA

Meeting times


2nd Tuesday in Feb, April, June, August, Oct and December,in The Blue Pits Inn, 842 Manchester Road, Castleton, Rochdale, OL11 2SP