Dinting – Glossop Line
The small community of Dinting near Glossop mainly owes it’s existence to the building of the railway in the 1840’s. A very impressive viaduct some 125 feet high spanning Dinting Vale and Glossop Brook was completed in 1844. The station serving Dinting is located immediately at the northern end of it and the viaduct is easily seen from the platforms.
The station was once part of the Woodhead Line which connected Manchester with Sheffield and was routed through the Pennine Hills via Penistone. As the route by-passed the town of Glossop, the Duke of Norfolk and the Howard family paid for a 1-mile branch-line to be built eastwards from Dinting and this proved it’s worth because it has always been busy with commuter and leisure traffic to and from Manchester.
It is the addition of the branch-line which gives Dinting Station its unusual triangular shape and resulted in the very sharply curved platform used by trains heading to Glossop from Manchester.
Facilities for Passengers at Dinting
The station is located on Dinting Road and from the driveway there is level access on to both platforms. There is a combined ticket office and waiting room open on Monday – Friday until 1pm. Tickets can be purchased from the ticket machine at all other times.
The station benefits from two trains per hour to Glossop and Hadfield and two per hour into Manchester. During the morning and evening weekday peak periods this is increased to three per hour each way. The service is operated by Northern Trains and all services use electric multiple units which are quick and quiet. The journey time from Manchester to Dinting is 30 minutes.
Bus stops for the hourly 393 service towards Glossop or Hadfield are located on Dinting Road very near to the station driveway. Further information about bus services in the Dinting, Glossop and Hadfield area can be found by calling Traveline on 0871 200 22 33 or visiting their website: www.traveline.info
There are metal hoops for securing bicycles on Platform 1.
Friends of Dinting Station
At the moment Dinting does not have an active station friends group but community rail activities at the station are undertaken by the Friends of Glossop Station.
The brick wall on Platform 2 has a series of ceramic tiles on it about the Dinting area which were hand made by members of High Peak Community Arts Group. Look out also for the information panel featuring historic photographs and a description of the station in steam train days.