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The Birkenhead Joint Railway in pictures.

A selection of photographs along the line from Warrington Bank Quay to Mickle Trafford. 


One of the 842 strong Stanier designed Black 5 Class 4-6-0 locomotives is seen arriving at Warrington Bank Quay with an excursion train for Llandudno.
Easter 1960.
Photo by Harry Arnold MBE/Waterway Images.
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LNER A4 Class 4-6-2 60009 Union of South Africa departs from Warrington Bank Quay with the North Wales Coast Express. Built at Doncaster works and new to traffic on 29th June 1937 the loco would be withdrawn on 1st June 1966. It was subsequently sold for preservation and after several owners was purchased by West Coast Railways who had the locomotive main line certified and it now hauls excursions to many locations.
22nd July 2012.
Photo by Terry Callaghan.


Bringing up the rear of the excursion was 47 270 Swift also owned by the West Coast Railway company. The loco was new to traffic as D1971 from Crewe works on 30th October 1965 it was withdrawn on 28th February 2007 and preserved.
22nd July 2012.
Photo by Terry Callaghan.


LMS Crewe built Crab Class 2-6-0 no. 42785 drawing a freight train into Arpley sidings on the original line which was used for all traffic prior to the construction of the embankment and bridge to cross the Manchester Ship Canal which can be seen to the right. After construction of the new line the old had a connection at Walton Junction and was used primarily by freight trains to get to the marshalling yard at Arpley. 42785 was new to traffic from Crewe Works on 8th October 1927 and withdrawn on 23rd November 1962 being scrapped during December 1963.
13th October 1962.
Photo by Harry Arnold MBE/Waterway Images.
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Colas Rail's 66 850 passes Norton signal box with a train load of logs bound for Chirk.
22nd June 2013.
Photo by Robert Callaghan.


Loadhaul liveried 56 130 passes the site of Halton station running light engine to Stanlow oil refinery. New from Crewe works on 1st April 1984 the loco was withdrawn during April 2004 and cut up by C F Booth Rotherham during October 2004.
16th January 1997.
Photo by Terry Callaghan.


Photographed from Frodsham Junction box is Class 25  D7671 hauling 6Z07 the Fisons weedkilling train in the direction of Chester. New from Derby works as D7671 on 25th February 1967 and later renumbered 25321 under TOPS the loco would be withdrawn on 29th September 1986. The loco was subsequently preserved and is currently undergoing overhaul at the Midland Railway Centre Butterley 
12th June 1973.
Photo by David Lennon.


Looking as though it has just come off Royal Train duty a Class 25 is seen again from the box hauling 7J60 14:50 Warrington Arpley to Coton Hill Shrewsbury freight.
Date unknown.
Photo by David Lennon.


With the signal on the main line clear 25 109 will have a short wait in the loop at Frodsham Junction before being allowed to proceed with 8T72 Warrington to Ellesmere Port empty tanks. Note the brake tender directly behind the engine to add brake force. New from Derby works as D5259 on 25th March 1964 the loco would last until 11th March 1987 when it was withdrawn it was cut up by Vic Berry's Leicester on 1st December 1987.
4th September 1974.
Photo by David Lennon.


Also photographed awaiting a path in the loop is this Class 47 hauling 6F57 Cowley Hill (Pilkingtons Glass) to Stanlow empty tanks.
5th September 1974.
Photo by David Lennon.
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A Virgin Trains Class 57 Thunderbird loco passing over the Weaver Navigation with a train load of logs bound for Chirk.
27th March 2008.
Photo by Harry Arnold MBE/Waterway Images
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25 268 will shortly be passing through Helsby station hauling the BR Gauging train in the Chester direction. New as D7618 from Derby works on 18th August 1966 the loco was withdrawn on 1st March 1987 and cut up at Vic Berry's Leicester on 1st Novermber 1987.
10th June 1985
Photo by David Ingham.


Swindon built Class 120 cross Country DMU passing over the junction directly to the east of the station with 2D35 10:42 Manchester Victoria to Llandudno.
10th June 1985.
Photo by David Ingham.


25 285 seen coming off the Ellesmere Port branch with a welded rail train heading in the Warrington direction. New as D7635 from Beyer Peacock on 5th November 1965 the loco was withdrawn on 17th March 1986 and cut up on 31st October 1987 at Vic Berry's of Leicester.
10th June 1985.
Photo by David Ingham.


25 321 hauling an empty Freightliner set past the charming station building and signal box at Helsby station. The loco was still plying its trade in the north west 12 years after being photographed from the box at Frodsham.
10th June 1985.
Photo by David Ingham.
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37 370 passing over the barrow crossing at the west end of Helsby station with a ballast train. The connection for the goods yard is still in place but was seeing little use at the time. The loco was new from Robert Stephenson and Hawthorn Ltd Darlington as D6827 on 28th May 1963 it was renumbered 37 127 under the TOPS scheme and latterly had its vacuum brakes isolated becoming 37 370. The loco was withdrawn on 1st November 2000 and cut up by C F Booth Rotherham on 1st September 2005.
16th January 1997.
Photo by Terry Callaghan.


With Helsby Hill in the background 37 695 newly outshopped in EWS livery drifts into the station light engine. The loco was new to traffic from the Vulcan Foundry Newton Le Willows as D6857 on 25th July 1963 becoming 37 157 under the TOPS scheme. It the received a heavy refurb in the mid 1980's having its main generator replaced with an alternator becoming 37 695. The loco was withdrawn on 1st March 2004 and cut up by Ron Hull Jr Rotherham on 1st April 2008.
16th January 1997.
Photo by Terry Callaghan.







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