It is not just the darkness of Cowburn Tunnel that lies ahead of 158852 as it departs Edale with 2S09 0714 Sheffield to Manchester Piccadilly.
The black hole of the 2 mile 182 yard long Cowburn Tunnel, that burrows through the High Peak Hills, is visible in the distance as 158807 approaches working 1B66 0644 Manchester Piccadliiy to Cleethorpes.
Pacer unit 142089 passes the down starter signal as it slows for its Edale stop with 2S06 0701 Manchester Piccadilly to Sheffield. In the background above the tunnel mouth can be seen the spoil brought to the surface from one of the few shafts sunk during the tunnel boring process. The shaft is now sealed.
142056 pauses at Edale with an unknown working, possibly to Manchester Piccadilly, while 158856 passes by on the up road with 1L09 0647 Liverpool Lime Street to Norwich.
A move to the east end of the Hope Valley and 142033 departs Grindleford station and is about to dive into the 3 mile, 950 yard long Totley Tunnel on its way to Sheffield, 0845 off Manchester Piccadilly, 2S10.
A pair of class 158 sprinter units lean into the curve beside Grindleford signalbox forming a class 1 Central Trains service, 1L11 0747 Liverpool Lime Street to Norwich service.
Brand new Siemens class 185 unit, 185109 comes by Grindleford 'box with Trans Pennine service 1B70 0841 Manchester Airport to Cleethorpes.
Transrail branded 60061 emerges from the blackness that is Totley Tunnel haead in west light engine.
60061 runs light west probably heading for the stabling point at Peak Forest.
Grindleford station is on the edge of the Peak National Park and 158852 runs through with 1L13 0852 Liverpool Lime Street - Norwich that may have started from Manchester Piccadilly as this unit's previous working terminated there.
Moving to the west of Grindleford, to a small overbridge, and 142033 passes the 'box on a class 2 all stations stopper from Sheffield to Manchester Piccadilly, 1014 off 2S15.
Trans Pennine 185117 heads east with 1B72 0957 Manchester Piccadilly to Cleethorpes. The down advanced starter is off for a west bound train.
Turbostar 170507 runs east for Norwich with 1L15 0952 from Liverpool Lime Street.
Framed by the down advanced starter is Trans Pennine 158761 on a diagram that includes 1B73 0927 Cleethorpes to Manchester Piccadilly.
East bound trains are perfectly lit by the sun in the morning at this bridge. 142089 approaches bouncing its way between Manchester's Piccadilly station and Sheffield with 2S14 1045 off. The set is in Northern Rail's blue livery.
The first of the few freight trains comes by with EWS liveried 60094 hauling 26 empty JGA hoppers owned by RMC. The working is 6M11 ThFO 0830 Washwood Heath to Peak Forest RMC empties.
These stone trains are extremely heavy and the class 60 is almost required traction for them. 60094 has an easier job with the return emptoes though.
Three car turbostar 170630 forms a mid morning Liverpool Lime Street departure for the East Anglian city of Norwich, 1052 off 1L17.