Dinting engine shed/station, Derbyshire, November 2016

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1. The History

Dinting engine shed (shed code no.39A) is a former one-track through shed with 2 tracks passing on the south east all derived from a single feed line. The engine shed was built between 1888 and 1898 for the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway. It is constructed of red brick and is single-storey, of eight bays and with stone-coped gable ends. The coal stage and water tank were on the north-east side of the line at the southern entrance. It first closed in 1935 but was then reopened in 1942. It closed again to steam in 1954 but got a second lease of life via by the railway preservation group The Dinting Railway Centre in 1968. This closed in 1990 and the shed was again left disused. The whole nine-acre site went up for sale in 2010 and was sold for £150,000 to a group of Manchester solicitors. However they failed to get planning permission to build houses so the site has just sat there.

In terms of the nearby Dinting railway station, on the Sheffield, Ashton-under-Lyne and Manchester Railway, it opened in 1847. The former Manchester bound platform buildings are disused and in a very poor state of repair. Here is an archive picture before the decay set in:

22767283488_9c7ca97130_b.jpg Dinting station by HughieDW, on Flickr

2. The Explore

A last minute side explore. Very relaxed and easy access. You can't beat a bit of railbex. There turned out to be more to look at than expected so was well worth the twenty minute detour to check the place out.

3. The Pictures

The Engine Shed:

30642917280_72271cff0c_b.jpg img8340 by HughieDW, on Flickr

22765997308_a9164729ae_b.jpg img8341 by HughieDW, on Flickr
30827938192_2eda1dfb66_b.jpg img8342 by HughieDW, on Flickr

30857349391_efedea904a_b.jpg img8362 by HughieDW, on Flickr

22767058618_8d5a0f1b29_b.jpg img8389 by HughieDW, on Flickr

30642775340_1123780e3c_b.jpg img8352 by HughieDW, on Flickr

30945770025_0d1edc1bff_b.jpg img8361 by HughieDW, on Flickr

25309777969_f11eee6540_b.jpg img8360 by HughieDW, on Flickr

30945839875_8042e2cf49_b.jpg img8359 by HughieDW, on Flickr

22766954008_c88165803e_b.jpg img8355 by HughieDW, on Flickr

30909530196_87341fb52f_b.jpg img8354 by HughieDW, on Flickr

30908377696_852fa36129_b.jpg img8349 by HughieDW, on Flickr

30908453746_99797abe52_b.jpg img8348 by HughieDW, on Flickr

30908467476_1918fc83f5_b.jpg img8346 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Former Manchester platform station buildings:

25309363319_2655cd8b60_b.jpg img8377 by HughieDW, on Flickr

25309298399_9cf2a2534b_b.jpg img8383 by HughieDW, on Flickr

30643315250_49af8c9a99_b.jpg img8386 by HughieDW, on Flickr

30857311721_af2300473d_b.jpg img8364 by HughieDW, on Flickr

30857291591_533ae2b32b_b.jpg img8365 by HughieDW, on Flickr

30643651490_150265c295_b.jpg img8367 by HughieDW, on Flickr

30643613600_5b8321fa08_b.jpg img8368 by HughieDW, on Flickr

30828654332_6ac208f95d_b.jpg img8369 by HughieDW, on Flickr

25309505959_35f984a24d_b.jpg img8370 by HughieDW, on Flickr

30857107971_25e251d2a3_b.jpg img8372 by HughieDW, on Flickr

22766517978_0d154be3d6_b.jpg img8374 by HughieDW, on Flickr

And the other out buildings:

30857018141_59e3b6d325_b.jpg img8376 by HughieDW, on Flickr

30945318965_70b2a87397_b.jpg img8379 by HughieDW, on Flickr

25309221879_90cf6b7862_b.jpg img8384 by HughieDW, on Flickr

30908846026_79911d3bf8_b.jpg img8387 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Thanks for looking!
 

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Hugh Jorgan

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A very nice report. Some distinctive features still can be spotted, such as the missing platform canopy. The engine shed isn't in all that bad condition.
 

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This was one of the few preserved railways to fail.

According to my Dad's friend there was an issue with the land owner who wanted to redevelop the site for housing.
 

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This was one of the few preserved railways to fail.

According to my Dad's friend there was an issue with the land owner who wanted to redevelop the site for housing.

Yes; a classic case that illustrates why all the players must have a share of the ownership rights - otherwise!
 

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Cheers for the comments folks. Love it when on-the-hoof explores turn out better than expected. Amazing how quickly nature has clawed site back. Those silver birches seed really quickly. Engine shed has solid walls and the roof is in good nick so hopefully it will be around for long enough to be saved. Don't hold out much hope the station though.
 
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Sad to see the decay.......remember visiting shortly after the Dinting centre started up, crowds of people and some wonderful locos.
 

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A fine set of pictures but sad to see it in such a state! I visited Dinting when it was a steam preservation centre and still have a picture of the return crank of 'Blue Peter' which was there at the time on the wall in front of me.
 

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