A rail memorial artefact and new pieces of artwork have been installed at two stations in the High Peak and Hope Valley.
The High Peak and Hope Valley Community Rail Partnership have supported the friends’ group at Chapel-en-le-Frith Station to install the Wagon Buffer Stop onto its mounting on the upside platform at Chapel Station. This item was salvaged from the tragic crash of 9th February 1957, and has been cleaned up and painted for permanent display as a memorial to that day and those who gave their lives attempting to save others.
An interpretation board will be added in due course, and information boards telling the story of the incident are already on display in the waiting shelters.
The partnership has also helped to fund the installation of artwork at Whaley Bridge Station by artist Eamonn Murphy. Following on from artwork at Disley Station, the friends’ group at Whaley Bridge decided to brighten up the station by showing the heritage highlights of the area to passengers passing through. Funding for the project was provided by the partnership and Northern.
To find out more about High Peak and Hope Valley Community Rail Partnership, go to www.peakdistrictbytrain.org.