The 8D Association



The Cheshire Lines Committee.

A selection of pictures from Liverpool Central High Level to Padgate.



An all Rail Blue 2 car Derby Built Class 108 prepares to depart from the near Derelict Liverpool Central High Level with the only remaining service to run from the station, the hourly Gateacre working. With this service transferred to Lime Street the station would be closed.
1971.
Photo by Les Fifoot.



507 006 seen departing from Brunswick station with a service for Southport. The train would continue along the original line towards Central High Level for a short distance before entering into a tunnel just after, the closed Liverpool St James station to gain access to Liverpool Central Low Level.
28th January 2013.
Photo by Terry Callaghan.


507010 is seen entering the station at Brunswick with a Southport service.
28th January 2013.
Photo by Terry Callaghan.
 


Stanier Black 5 44777 passing the box at Brunswick into the adjacent sidings.
1960's.
Photo by Graham Earle.


Cressington Junction seen before the removal of the branch to Glazebrook.
1968.
Photographer unknown.


A Type 4 Peak accelerates away from Hunts Cross station with a Liverpool bound express. The connection from BR to the Merseyrail system can be seen  in the distance.
15th July 1984.
Photo by John Wilson.


The driver of the 31/4 awaits the right away from the guard at Hunts Cross with an express service to Manchester and beyond.
1987.
Photo by Terry Callaghan.


507 008 stands in platform 3 at Hunts Cross awaiting the connecting City Line service from Manchester.
28th January 2013.
Photo by Terry Callaghan.


Following the arrival of a Merseyrail service from Southport this twin car Class 101 departs with a stopping service to Warrington Central.
1987.
Photo by Terry Callaghan.


Crossing from the down line to the up line is this Class 31/4 this was common practice a Hunts Cross to allow passengers to just walk across the platfom to gain the Merseyrail services to Liverpool Central, Southport and Kirkby. The 31 would carry on non stop to Liverpool Lime Street.
1987.
Photo by Terry Callaghan.


  The junction for the North Liverpool Extension, which was the CLC's access line to Liverpool docks can be seen branching off to the left. With the Liverpool bound express passing Hunts Cross West Junction box.
1962.
Photo by Jim Peden.


The same view some 33 years later. The North Liverpool extension line is long closed and with that and the closure of the sidings complex slightly further east at Halewood the line has been reduced to double track.
4th August 1995.
Photo by Paul Wright.


Viewed from the Mk1 Brake van on an Class 25 hauled eastbound express near to the site of the original Halewood station which has since re-opened further east of the original.
20th April 1984.
Photo by John Wilson.


A Derby built Class 108 DMU passing Hough Green signal box with an all stations service from Warrington to Hunts Cross.
1987.
Photo by Terry Callaghan.
 

Two Derby built 2 car Class 108 DMU's both in all rail blue arriving at Widnes North station. The units were a familiar sight along the line for many years.
1977.
Photo by Paul Wright.


A refurbished Derby built Class 108 in the short lived white and blue livery arriving at Widnes North station with a Warrington bound service.
 1978.
Photo by Paul Wright.


Widnes station has retained much of its CLC origins, as with many others along the line. The goods yard is now utilised as a car park.
29th March 2012.
Photo by Paul Wright.


The driver of the Class 25 awaits the right away from the guard and the eastbound working can be on its way.
20th April 1984.
Photo by John Wilson.


A Class 25 engaged in reballasting the down line between Factory Lane and Widnes station. The Class was a common sight along the line both on freight and passenger duties for many years.
6th August 1983.
Photo by John Wilson.



Twenty five years later and almost at the same spot  but looking westbound we see 66 162 on an engineers train. The three sandstone blocks located to the left and right of the loco are the remains of the Farnworth tunnel which was opened out in the 1920's.
12th October 2008.
Photo by John Wilson.


Looking in the Liverpool direction from Barrows Green Lane bridge. The substantial platelayers hut looks to be in very good order.
1986.
Photo by Paul Wright.


Looking eastbound from beneath Barrows Green Lane bridge as a Class 31/4 heads an express in the Liverpool direction.
1987.
Photo by Terry Callaghan.


A Metro Cammnel built 2 car Class 101 DMU approaches Sankey station with an all stations service to Warrington.
1986
Photo by Terry Callaghan.
 

Brush Type 4 D1955 is seen passing through Sankey station with an empty Warrington Central sidings to Knowle and Dorridge car carrying train. New from Brush at Loughborough on 29th November 1966 the loco recieved the number 47 511 and was later converted to Push Pull 47 714 for use on the Glasgow to Edinburgh service. The loco is still in service with Anglia Railways.
2nd August 1973
Photo by David Lennon.
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A 2 car Derby built Class 108 crossing the CLC's Sankey viaduct which crosses both the Sankey Canal and the Sankey brook. The span which crosses the canal section had recently been replaced with a concrete span.
1987.
Photo by Terry Callaghan.


EE Type 4 40 081 heading the Vulcan Venturer Railtour towards Warrington Central. A mamouth tour from Plymouth to Plymouth with the distance covered a shade over 730 miles using Vulcn built locos. 40 081 was delivered new from the Vulcan on 20th June 1960 as D281 it was withdrawn due to loss of power and being an uneconomic repair on 13th February 1983. The loco was cut up at Doncaster works on 1st September 1983.
13th November 1982.
 Photo by John Wilson.
 For more details on the route taken click here.


EE Type 4 D381 prepares to depart from Warrington Central sidings with 9T75 to Warrington Arpley. New from the Vulcan Foundry on 12th March 1963 the loco was withdrawn on 21st January 1985 as life expired and surplus to requirements it was subsequently cut up at Crewe works on 1st October 1986.
Date unknown.
Photo by David Lennon.
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The 8D Association would welcome photographs from along the line, if you wish to contribute please send them to The8DAsociation@sky.com. All contributions will be fully credited and can be linked to a website or photstream.






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