1950s: When express trains thundered above The Wicker

Sheffield Victoria Station 'Even after electrification, the Bradford portion of the "South Yorkshireman" continued to be steam-led.  LMR Class 5 No 45101 has arrived at Victoria and is about to hand over to 'A3' Pacific No 60102 Sir Frederick Banbury, for the journey to Marylebone.
Sheffield Victoria Station 'Even after electrification, the Bradford portion of the "South Yorkshireman" continued to be steam-led. LMR Class 5 No 45101 has arrived at Victoria and is about to hand over to 'A3' Pacific No 60102 Sir Frederick Banbury, for the journey to Marylebone.

The campaign to have future high speed trains coming into Sheffield could see the old Victoria station above The Wicker redeveloped. Here is the station in the 1950s and shows the express, the South Yorkshireman, arriving in Sheffield and about to change engines (from Black Five 45101 to A3 Pacific 60102 Sir Frederick Banbury, train buffs will note). The train left Bradford Exchange daily at 10am calling at Huddersfield, Sheffield, and Leicester on a journey to Marylebone taking five hours 30 minutes.

The train continued running until 1960 when all long-distance expresses on the former Great Central route were withdrawn. By 1966 Victoria was left with just an hourly Manchester service and the daily Liverpool-Harwich boat train and then the Beeching axe swung again and saw its closure in 1970.