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The Explore Nice early morning start for this one, tried this over a year ago and was sealed well but thought seen as we were in the area we'd have another look and this time we had a little more luck.. only small but a nice little explore. The History Buxton traction maintenance depot was once home to 20 or 30 Engines at any one time, it closed in the 90's after the introduction of Multiple units and the drop in freight traffic made in obsolete, Buxton TMD has been left to decay for quite some time, but now has once again been rumored to reopen with the increases in heavy rail traffic in the greater Manchester and Derbyshire areas.
While doing a bit of research I found a couple of good leads. This was the first one I followed up. Rolling solo an early start got me here in full darkness. As I was going in with no info and didnt really want a wasted three hour drive. Quite a bit of cctv around but I worked out a reasonable route through the grounds and luckily it worked out all good. The Crescent was designed by John Carr and built in the late 18th century Funded by the Fifth Duke Of Devonshire as the centre piece for his spa Scheme. Originally two hotels one closed early in the 20th century and became council offices and library closed in 1992. The St Anns hotel closed in 1992 and has been empty since. Anyway on with some photos. Luckily most of it is lit inside so I was shooting straight away. 1 2 Shame the stairs are covered I think they could of been rather nice. 3 4 So I had kind of forgotten what had drawn me to this building. It was seeming a bit stripped inside. Then I was reminded as I walked through the doors at the top of the round staircase. 5 6 7 8 9 10 A couple more bits were worth shooting 11 So it turns out there was more than I expected here... Right next door is or was a natural water spring the current builing was built in 1853 and was altered in the 1920s. The pump room was last used in the 1970's. Some of the building was used as the tourist information Centre. 12 13 14 15 Who needs the jungle school when you can have a jungle pool. 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 Thanks for looking I hope you enjoyed.
Solo jaunt. I'd looked at this a year back, but was too tired waiting for security to move away when stood at the fence. So having done another explore nearby earlier, I made another trek up to Harpur Hill. I'm well known for being a huge fan of railways and trains in particular, considering this is where my roots in exploring and much of my childhood are. That said I snub stuff like DMUs/EMUs and Underground stock, simply because they don't have the same appeal as the rusting, decayed hulk of a loco. I'm sure all of you can agree. So why did I make the effort with this? Well, three things: I've photographed a lot of the withdrawn Underground stock that's being shipped to Booth's in Rotherham, so that piqued my interest a bit. Secondly, now the last of the 1983 stock has been moved after 15+ years in open storage from South Harrow to Booth's, these have become EXTREMELY rare so it's worth capturing this whilst it's around in such a photogenic state. Lastly, I may as well have a look if I'm in the area. Comparing to pictures from a few years ago, a lot of the stock that was stored here has been moved away and presumably scrapped, leaving three driving cars: one outside, two inside. As far as I'm aware the stock is used in bomb testing of some kind, and evacuation techniques in light of the 7/7 bombings. Maybe. It's a health and safety testing site so it makes sense. Already somewhat knackered from earlier, I dragged myself up to Harpur Hill, and all was quiet. No security, no sign of activity across the site. Get over the fences and you're in, nice and easy. So that's what I did. If I'm not mistaken, this is the ex-Cockfosters or Acton stock that's moved here. After years of open storage and vandalism, the carriages have been completely sabotaged inside and out, but nevertheless are chock full of photogenic features. To paraphrase my favourite band, I can think of no greater caption than "Welcome to the scene of the crash"... Despite being graffed up inside, it was interesting to see the cabs virtually intact and untouched. From experience these are often the places where (guilty as charged, I did once as a kid) people often nick stuff for souvenirs and the like. Either that or they smash them up. Dead end The bomb tunnel Not in service To conclude, it's not that interesting a site but it's worth sharing. Sadly I feel I'm clutching at straws now that en-masse withdrawals, scrapping and storage of locos that for decades were commonplace have long since ended. Long gone are the days of asking permission from the yard foreman to look round a depot to take pictures of the derelict stock left there. Long gone are the days when you can easily sneak in undetected and not have to face the wrath of a bolshy prick who you have the misfortune of being caught by, notwithstanding more CCTV, formidable fencing and most of all, the threat of a fine and prosecution by BTP. The answer is yes, a report I posted on 28 in 2011 led to BTP knocking at my door and fining me Â£50 for trespass. Not a lot relative to what it could have been, but still I was out of pocket all because I posted it publicly. True, there are still some true goldmines left on the continent, the prime examples of which are Falkenberg/Elster and Istvantelek in Germany and Hungary respectively, but nothing in the UK anymore. Not unless it's covered by CCTV and forbids photographers most of the time. Life goes on though, eh? Love and best wishes as always, TBM x
So, my first splore, after looking around some local sites I decided to go somewhat suburbex & take a trip to the Peaks. The lime works were set up in 1901 next to the quarry just to the south. Been closed since mid 50s. After some streetview stalking I'd decided to go across the farmland in to the quarry, & find the buildings from there. I ended up missing one of the most impressive buildings, no bloody idea where it's hiding, but only realised I'd missed it when I got back. More to check out too, I'll be going back where there are more leaves on the trees. So stumbling over fields following a footpath that just kind of disappeared, I found the edge of the quarry & saw this... So after a quick panorama I got my bearings, worked out the way down to the industry, & headed straight for the biggest bit of concrete... ...& checked out the entrance building. I had another couple of that, but they came out shit. Oh well. I'd worked out by then that the large section appeared to be a railway siding, which I'd not realised before, so followed the old track bed along towards the existing line, & stumbled across this, which I'll check out more next time I go, I didn't get around to seeing what it was like from the top. Plus a little lean-to, covering the entrance to a weird cave room maybe 2m x 3m, again camera fail inside, but... So, then I found a railway line, my map told me if was a "mineral line", I'd been within earshot for the last 2 hours with no trains, & there was maybe 100 metres to a tunnel, rude not to right? So after walking back to the old lime works junction I decided to go back up to the top, & that's when I found what seems to be someone's private cave excavation... For rough scale the vertical clearance once the loose rocks (which look like they were put back in) are removed, is almost exactly my shoulder width, but I'm 5'5 & skinny. What looks like a pile of cleared earth & rocks by the entrance, blocking casual view of it but looking fresher than the surrounding earth (ie not covered in moss). The passage carries on round a corner & out of view (decent torch), who knows... Up top, around the other end of the quarry there's the odd relic... Now I know my way around I'll be going back sometime later in Spring. Thanks for reading