The Anonymous Widower

Adding Rose Hill Marple And Manchester Piccadilly To The Bee Network

This article on the Railway Gazette has a list of the lines, that will be transferred between Northern Rail and the Bee Network.

Included in the list is this line.

Rose Hill Marple And Manchester Piccadilly

I think this route would be the following.

  • The Eastern terminus would be Rose Hill Marple.
  • The Western terminus would be Manchester Piccadilly.
  • Intermediate stations would be Romiley. Woodley, Hyde Central, Hyde North, Guide Bridge, Fairfield and Gorton.
  • The route is partially-electrified with 25 KVAC overhead between Hyde North and Manchester Piccadilly.
  • Most of the route has a range of operating speeds, up to 90 mph.
  • The distance is 13.3 miles
  • Trains take 34 minutes
  • Trains are often two-car Class 156 trains.

The route is the same as the current Northern Trains service.

This is my thought.


This route is a classic for battery-electric trains, as only 6.8 miles at the Marple end is not electrified.

Merseyrail’s Class 777 trains or something similar would surely do nicely.

There would be no need for charging at the Marple end.


March 31, 2023 - Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , , , , ,

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  1. […] Rose Hill Marple – Manchester Piccadilly […]

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