Helen Wright job share Partnership Officer for The High Peak and Hope Valley Community Rail Partnership said, "These panels provide rail passengers with a unique insight into their own community history. This is a fantastic way to connect communities to their local train stations and to encourage more train travel." The project has involved various friends groups and interested individuals along the route who have created the contents for the boards. As well as local history and photos the boards endeavour to point out nearby local amenities. Funding for the boards came from the two Community Rail Partnerships that cover the Glossop Rail Line - the High Peak and Hope Valley and, for GM stations, South East Manchester. The costs of installing the recent five were generously met by TfGM and Northern. The boards were designed by Anne Michaelides at naturesigndesign who showed patience and professionalism throughout their creation.
FOGS would like to record the sterling efforts made by the late Paul Abell (former editor of Today's Railways UK in the creation of these boards. Paul created the contents for the boards at Ashburys and Gorton and checked all the other boards for technical and historical accuracy. We would also like to thank Steve Forde former Rail Officer for SEMCRP for support during the difficult period of restrictions and his successor officer, John Kenny, for his recent help. Mark Angelucci (TfGM) and Becky Styles Community and Sustainability Manager for Northern have stalwartly supported the project to its conclusion - we thank them for their enthusiasm and interest!
We hope to have a formal launch of these final five boards at one of the stations in the next couple of months. We will publicise the date of this once it is known.
Enjoy the boards!!