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Hassop 150 -
Commemorating the Opening of
Hassop Station on 1st August 1862 : ISBN 978-0-9562706-7-2
by Glynn Waite (
Rowsley Association).
Published 2012 - 48 pages, illustrated, maps.
A4 - Softback : £8.50 from bookstores, £9.75 (mail order)

Written to commemorate the 150 anniversary of the opening of Hassop station on 1st August 1862, this publication extends to 52 pages (including full colour covers), and has 70 illustrations.

Following a short introduction, there are 7 pages on how the railway came to Hassop, in part dispelling some oft repeated assumptions about the early railway scene in the area.

There are then two short sections on developments during the next 100 years – including the effect the opening of the Dore & Chinley line had on the station’s viability – and Hassop today. The main part of the book (22 pages) concentrates on staff who worked at the station, and includes 8 tables of varying lengths which cover various periods of time / grades of staff. The highest number of people employed at any one time was 11 (in the mid-1870s), but there was quite a large turnover of staff before the First World War, partly due to the fact that when juniors approached the age of 18, they often had to move elsewhere for an adult wage.

There are two tables covering passenger and goods traffic statistics between 1872 and 1922, together with various comment, and a section covering miscellaneous events in Midland Railways days taken from newspapers and other documents. Some entries are rather mundane; others relate to accidents and incidents, with some, unfortunately, involving fatalities.

Copies of the book may also be obtained from the author - Glynn Waite, 113 Green Oak Road, Totley, Sheffield. S17 4FS.

Email Glynn.Waite (at) btinternet.com

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