The 8D Association

The 8D Association is dedicated to promoting the history of the railways of South Lancashire, Merseyside and North Cheshire.

The Association is open to anybody who has an interest in the area and covers lines within a ten mile radius of the former Widnes Locomotive Depot (8D).

A wonderful shot of Sutton Oak shed on a sunny Sunday 24 April 1938 along with a great line up of L.M.S. locomotives. The shed was coded 24 at this point in time and would be known under several different identities before becoming 8G in 1958. Seen here in its 1880 as built condition prior to the 1950 re-building which saw the roof replaced and a large brick screen built over the entrance. Photographer unknown. 


Updates and Developments

Website updated 19th May 2020

New Sections added include -

Allerton Depot

LNWR Lime St to Speke Junction

LNWR Canada Dock Branch

CLC North Liverpool Extension

with other sections updated and new pictures too

(To view,  click left hand side on the relevant sections, also 'sub' sections too) 


A new Flickr image site has now been opened to allow the Association to show off many railway images from its collection to the wider world. This Flickr image site is in addition to this website. Images will feature steam, diesel, electric locomotives, multiple units from various locations in and around Merseyside and Cheshire. Many of these images have been obtained from various sources, including member own collections, as well as 'unknown photographers'. Click on the following link to see the latest uploaded images.

8D Association Photographic Collection


   Please Note; ALL photographs contained within this site are subject to Copyright and the holders permission must be sought before they are reproduced in any format.

Certain photographs contained within this site are credited to an individuals collection and have sometimes been purchased on the open market, without an original photographers credit. All credited photographs have been used with permission. If, through no fault of our own, photographs or images have been used without due credit or acknowledgement, then apologies are offered.  If anyone believes this to be the case, then please let us know and the necessary credit will be added at the earliest opportunity. 

Please e-mail any concerns to '8d.association at' 

Dedicated to promoting the history of the railways of South Lancashire and North Cheshire.
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