Vintage Trains' Class 47/7 No. 47773 passes the site of Mottram Yard to the west of Dinting as it heads the return leg of the 1Z86 12:00 Manchester Piccadilly to Manchester Piccadilly mini excursion to Hadfield on 20th December 2008.
The sidings here used to handle coal trains bound for Fiddlers Ferry power station, brought over the Pennines from the Yorkshire coalfields by pairs of Class 76 locos. The yard was closed in 1981 when through trains over the Woodhead route between Hadfield and Penistone ceased, and this once important mainline became little more than a commuter branch line served only by EMUs.
Class 86/2 No. 86259 "Les Ross" was on the rear of the train having earlier worked the outward portion of the trip to Hadfield.