INTRODUCTION
 
What is it? Observations and haulages during the first three months of 1988 travelling from Chesterfield/Sheffield to Stockport and back.
 
Why 1988? I moved from London Euston to Stockport for British Rail as a parcels clerk on the 4th January 1988.
I lived in Chesterfield and commuted from there each day to Stockport through the Hope Valley with class 31/4s the main traction - my last day was 26th March 1988 when I transferred to Chesterfield - this is the story.
 
Does it have a purpose? It is three months in my life - other than that no, not really, except that it is an insight into railway workings that have now disappeared.
 
Why is it called
Hope Valley Hobo?
I like the sound of it! And travelling through the Hope Valley at 6 o'clock in the morning in the darkness of winter behind a class 31 with the windows wide open for maximum sound effects you feel as though you could be a hobo!
 

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HAULAGE SYNOPSIS
 
General The vast majority of workings were East Anglia/Sheffield-Liverpool Lime Street jobs.
The booked motive power was Immingham-based ETH class 31/4s and bearing in mind it was winter no non-heat 31s were used (unfortunately).
 
Class 31 There were 69 ETH class 31/4s in existence and in just three months 47 different ones were "scored".
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434  435  437  438  439  441  442  443  444  445  448  449  450  452  453  454  455  456  457  458
459  460  461  462  463  464  469
 
Class 47 16 class 47s haulages were also had with 14 different locos, all ETH.
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HOPE VALLEY PHOTO GALLERY
 

Bamford

Bamford

Chinley East Junction

Chinley East Junction
 

Chinley North Junction

Chinley North Junction

Chinley Station

Dore
 

Dore

Gowhole

Grindleford

Grindleford
 

Grindleford

Hathersage

New Mills South Junction
 

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