The Friends of Whaley Bridge station had an informal get-together with other Friends Groups in Sunday 24th Feb 2013 and two FofHCS members joined them. The venue was in their extremely attractive recently restored Waiting Room on the station. Tea and delicious homemade cakes were served.
Whaley Bridge railway station serves the town of Whaley Bridge in Derbyshire, England. The station is on the Manchester-Buxton Line 161⁄4 miles (26 km) south east of Manchester Piccadilly. The footfall for 2010-11 was 92,650.
Originally the station, opened on 9 June 1857,was on the Stockport, Disley and Whaley Bridge Railway, built by the London and North Western Railway to connect with the Cromford and High Peak Railway and extended to Buxton in 1863. The station is unusual for the line in that its platform one, where the main station building and ticket office is sited, is on the side for trains bound for Buxton. The platform is on a tight curve and is some 30 cm too low for the height of the carriages used, making it difficult to access for people with mobility problems. A Harrington Hump has been installed on this platform to reduce the height of the gap.
The station enjoys the support of the local community in the form of Friends of Whaley Bridge Station, a voluntary group dedicated to improving and maintaining the station buildings and grounds.