Hadfield railway station

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Not to be confused with Hatfield railway station.
Hadfield National Rail
Place Hadfield
Local authority High Peak
Coordinates 53°27′40″N 1°57′54″W / 53.461°N 1.965°W / 53.461; -1.965Coordinates: 53°27′40″N 1°57′54″W / 53.461°N 1.965°W / 53.461; -1.965
Grid reference SK023959
Station code HDF
Managed by Northern Rail
Number of platforms 1
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
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Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05  0.208 million
2005/06 Increase 0.212 million
2006/07 Increase 0.213 million
2007/08 Increase 0.219 million
2008/09 Increase 0.306 million
2009/10 Increase 0.315 million
2010/11 Increase 0.330 million
2011/12 Increase 0.341 million
Passenger Transport Executive
PTE Transport for Greater Manchester[1]
Original company Sheffield, Ashton-under-Lyne and Manchester Railway
Pre-grouping Great Central Railway
Post-grouping London and North Eastern Railway
7 August 1844 (1844-08-07) Station opened
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Hadfield from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Hadfield railway station serves the town of Hadfield in Derbyshire, England. The station is one of the twin termini at the Derbyshire end of the Manchester-Glossop Line, the other being Glossop. It was opened by the Sheffield, Ashton-under-Lyne and Manchester Railway in 1844.

The line formerly continued east of Hadfield to Penistone, Wath and Sheffield via the Woodhead Tunnel. Passenger trains on the Woodhead Line were withdrawn east of Hadfield on 5 January 1970, followed by complete closure in 1981. The tracks were lifted several years later, but the trackbed is still visible and has been partly adapted as a footpath.

Hadfield was (and still is) the eastern terminus for local trains to/from Manchester Piccadilly. From 1954 until 1984 the station was served by Class 506 Electric Multiple Units (EMUs), latterly the only British Rail EMUs capable of operating on the Woodhead Line's non-standard 1500 V dc electric system. In December 1984 the line was converted to the standard 25,000 V ac system and the Class 506s were withdrawn. Trains at Hadfield are now always formed of Class 323 EMUs.


The Sheffield, Ashton-under-Lyne and Manchester Railway was authorised in May 1837, and the line was opened in stages. The section between Dinting (known as Glossop until 9 June 1845[2]) and Woodhead was formally opened on 7 August 1844, with the public service beginning the next day.[3] Initially, there were five trains per day (weekdays and Sundays) in each direction over this stretch, running between Manchester and Woodhead, except for one eastbound train which on weekdays commenced its journey at Newton.[3] The trains called at all stations,[3] of which Hadfield was the only intermediate station also opened on 7 August 1844; some timetables have shown it as Hadfield for Hollingsworth.[4]

The line between Manchester and Sheffield was electrified in the early 1950s, including some of the branches; the full electric service between Manchester and Penistone began on 14 June 1954, and this included the local service between Manchester, Glossop and Hadfield.[5] For the local services, eight three-car electric multiple-units (later known as Class 506) were provided; these had been built in 1950 but stored until required in 1954.[6] Through trains to Sheffield were hauled by electric locomotives of Class EM1 and Class EM2.[7] Passenger services east of Hadfield ceased in January 1970, and the line between Hadfield and Penistone was closed completely in July 1981.[8]

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • On 8 April 1981, a freight train derailed at the station.[9]


There is generally a half-hourly service Monday to Saturday daytimes via Glossop to Manchester Piccadilly. Some peak journeys operate to or from Manchester directly via Dinting missing out the reverse at Glossop, allowing a 20-minute frequency from the same number of trains.

The Sunday service is half hourly, though evening services are roughly hourly seven days a week.



  1. ^ Hadfield is one of three stations considered to be part of the Greater Manchester rail network which do not form part of the Greater Manchester county
  2. ^ Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 104. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508. 
  3. ^ a b c Dow, George (1959). Great Central, Volume One: The Progenitors, 1813-1863. Shepperton: Ian Allan. p. 46. ISBN 0-7110-1468-X. 
  4. ^ Butt 1995, p. 111
  5. ^ Boddy, M.G.; Fry, E.V.; Hennigan, W.; Hoole, Ken; Mallaband, Peter; Neve, E.; Price, J.H.; Proud, P.; Yeadon, W.B. (April 1990). Fry, E.V., ed. Locomotives of the L.N.E.R., part 10B: Railcars and Electric Stock. Lincoln: RCTS. p. 89. ISBN 0-901115-66-5. 
  6. ^ Boddy et al. 1990, p. 141
  7. ^ Boddy et al. 1990, pp. 112–3, 120–1
  8. ^ Boddy et al. 1990, p. 101
  9. ^ Earnshaw, Alan (1990). Trains in Trouble: Vol. 6. Penryn: Atlantic Books. p. 47. ISBN 0-906899-37-0. 

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