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incorporating the SH & RGR works.
This walk must have been one of the most interesting and informative walks that the 8D Association have done to date. The whole area is soon to be redeveloped for housing with the embankment and parapet of the Intersection bridge to be levelled. Already the centre parapet of the intersection bridge has been removed and the parapet on the Clock Face side will be lost shortly. Joe Cowley who led the walk had worked at the engineering factory which was based on the site of the SH & RGR works/LNWR sheet stores had an extensive knowledge of the works site which proved invaluable to the history behind the area.
With Joe pointing out the topography of the area the group start their walk.
The soon to be demolished Clock Face side parapet of the Intersection Bridge. Note how the original line was only two tracks wide where the parapet is stone and the later LNWR widening to four tracks. Also the corner stones to the right had come from the original bridge and were moved during reconstruction.
The only remaining portion of wall from the LNWR Sheet Stores.
A general overview of the SH & RGR works and LNWR Sheet Stores. At the point of the tree to the right is where the SH & RGR works stood.
With the works looked at we made our way onto the embankment which has recently seen heavy machinery clear the area of trees and bushes. This ironically worked in our favour with the clearance unearthing features and items lost in the undergrowth for years. With the help of 8 D Member and ex Sutton Oak Fireman, Rod Dixon we were able to build a picture of how the area looked in the 1960's and to find the base of Clock Face No1 signal box.
Rod Dixon, Joe Cowley and Paul Wright stand in the locking room base of Clock Face No1.
The remains of the pairs of bullhead rail laid in the base of the box to support the weight of the frame.
We then walked the trackbed to the Reginald Road overbridge which was around 6 tracks wide at the height of railway operations in the area. It was at this point that Clock Face Up and Down sidings started and converged to become a four track railway. The overbridge must have been an impressive sight when it was in place.
Looking from the site of Clock Face No1 box to Reginald Road. The Clock Face Up sidings would have started to fan out to the left and the Down sidings would have converged at this point.
Reginald Road overbridge seen from the St Helens side the width of the bridge was impressive.
Unearthing signalling equipment.
The group strolling along the trackbed from Reginald Road bridge.
Some of the equipment unearthed with the recent clearance of the site is shown below.
Signalling equipment unearthed.
Signalling equipment from Clock Face No1 box.
LMS stamped porcelain telegraph insulator.
A brick manufactured at Collins Green Colliery.
The distant signal for Sutton Oak marked B.R. manufactured May 1970.
Finally we took a walk around the site of the works and sheet stores with Joe showing various features and the position of several key buildings.
Joe Cowley at his bench.
All photographs by Terry Callaghan.
4th May 2013.
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