Group Formed
Sunday, 12th November, 2000
Group Description
Rail gen about the North West area mainly focused on Manchester, Liverpool, Carlisle, Chester, Bangor/Holyhead and Crewe. Gen can be trains in, or coming through the North West. Any non-gen messages can be posted on The North West Gen Forum.
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Geographic Area Covered

Locations within group area


Location Name:
TS320 - Abergele

Location Notes:
Abergele is a small seaside resort on the North Wales coast between Rhyl and Llandudno.

Railway type and traffic
Passenger services on this line are usually class 158 and 175 units with Virgin's services provided by Voyagers.
Also a regular morning ballast train from Penmaenmawr and an occasional nuclear-flask working to Valley.


Location Name:
TS981 - Acton Bridge

Location Notes:
Acton Bridge is situated on the West Coast Main Line about 12 miles north of Crewe and about 10 miles south of Warrington.

Railway type and traffic
As well as the usual mix of WCML traffic, Pendolions and other units Acton Bridge is a busy little spot with lots of freight action most time of the day or night.


Location Name:
TS354 - Ainsdale

Location Notes:
Ainsdale is a residential suburb of Southport

Railway type and traffic
The line has a 15 minute frequency worked by class 507/508 EMUs.


Location Name:
TS329 - Ais Gill

Location Notes:
Ais Gill is at the summit of the Settle and Carlisle line between Garsdale and Kirby Stephen.

Railway type and traffic
The Settle and Carlisle has a roughly two-hourly local service and in between run freight trains, mainly anglo-scottish coal and gypsum to/from Newbiggin. The line is also used as a diversionary route for the West Coast Main Line and sees regular railtours.


Location Name:
TS466 - Albion Chemicals, Sandbach

Location Notes:
Situated at the southern end of freight only line between Sandbach and Northwich.

Railway type and traffic
Mainly freight only, with passing DB Schenker stone traffic. Occasional weekends see diverted Euston-Holyhead services. Linespeed at the location is only 15mph.
The Albion chemical works closed in 2007 and the traffic to the site has ceased.


Location Name:
TS1127 - Ardwick Station

Location Notes:
Small station just outside Manchester Piccadilly on the lines towards Hope Valley, Stalybridge and Glossop, next to the WCML. Station only served my a few stopping trains a day (morning and evening peak) but has countless though trains, with almost everything from Manchester Piccadilly passing through.

Railway type and traffic
The lines through Ardwick station see 323s to Glossop, 142 Pacers and 150 / 156 Sprinters to Marple and Sheffield, and 185 and 170s Transpennine via Guide bridge and Stalybridge.
The Mainline sees all other traffic through Man Pic, including Arriva 175s, Northern 142 150, 156s and 323s, East Midlands 158s, the occational Northern 180, Transpennine 185 and 170s, X Country 220 and 221s, Virgin 390s. Transpennine 185s also have a depot nearby.
Freight traffic is normally 66 and 92s and the Longsight 57 Thunderbirds also pass through.


Location Name:
TS352 - Aughton Park

Location Notes:
On the Merseyrail network on the edge of Ormskirk. Station is very quiet and in a deep cutting.

Railway type and traffic
The line has a 15 minute frequency worked by class 507/508 EMUs.


Location Name:
TS560 - Bagillt

Location Notes:
Bagillt is on the North Wales Coast, specifically on the banks of the Dee Estuary, about 2 miles west of Fflint and 10-12 miles west of Chester.

Railway type and traffic
There is a regular passenger service on the North Wales Coast main line operated by Arriva trains Wales' 158 and 175 units, generally comprising one per hour to each of Holyhead and Llandudno. These are supplemented by Virgin's Holyhead to London trains. At the start of 2006 loco-haulage still featured on one ATW passenger diagram.
Freight wise there is a daily Freightliner stone working from Penmaenmawr and a weekly DRS flask train from Valley.


Location Name:
TS959 - Bamfurlong

Location Notes:
A line side location by the West Coast Main Line in between Wigan and Warrington.

Railway type and traffic
This four track section of the WCML is home to Virgin Trains Pendolinos, Voyagers and the occasional Northern unit.
A variety of freight can also be seen here: DRS 20s, 37s & 66s. DB Schenker 60s, 66s & 92s. Freightliner 66s & 86s.


Location Name:
TS68 - Beck Foot

Location Notes:
Just west of the hamlet of Beck Foot, the West Coast Main Line curves sharply as it changes direction from east-west to north-south to enter the Lune Valley.

Railway type and traffic
About 60 trains a day between 05:00 and 22:00. Of these, about 3 /4 are Virgin West Coast or Cross Country services. All Cross Country trains are Voyagers. West Coast trains are worked by Pendolinos.
Most freight trains run in the evenings or overnight. Daytime services mainly comprise intermodals and coal.


Location Name:
TS1135 - Beck Houses

Location Notes:
Beck Houses is in Cumbria on one of the most scenic sections of the West Coast Main Line.

Railway type and traffic
Regular passenger services operated by Virgins Voyagers and Pendolinos and also Trans Pennine Expresses 185s.
Freight is varied with DBS and DRS intermodals, DBS and Freightliner Departmentals and Coal trains. More sporadic workings include ECS working for WCRC to/from Carnforth, special trains and Network Rail test trains.


Location Name:
TS1208 - Beeston Castle

Location Notes:
The spot is on an unclassified road about 1 mile west of Beeston Castle Signal Box on the Crewe Chester line. There is an over bridge for head on shots and the lane and fields to the south over good side on opportunities.

Railway type and traffic
Virgin Voyagers on Euston to Chester/Holyhead. Arriva DMU's on Crewe Chester/North Wales.
Not much evidence of freight traffic. Some Steam Specials which is my interest, hence a bit vague about technicalities of modern traction.


Location Name:
TS760 - Blackpool North

Location Notes:
The main line from Preston, serving Poulton - le - Fylde, terminates at this station. The present station building dates from 1974, and a little plaque commemorates this. At an entrance to one of the platforms are the crests of two railway companies that used to serve the station. These were rescued from the old station building, when it was demolished in 1974.
Incidentally, this was not the original terminus of the line. Outside the station, as you walk down Talbot Road, is the former Fine Fare supermarket building, now owned by Wilkinson. At the entrance to this building is a little blue plaque which explains about Talbot Road station, which was the original terminus of the line.

Railway type and traffic
Since Virgin pulled out, the only trains now are DMUs of Northern, using 142, 150, 156, 158, and 175, and First Trans Pennine express, using class 175 and 185. If any loco hauled railtours come, unless they're top and tailed, a requirement is for the train then to have a brake vehicle at both ends, for the loco to reverse the stock out into the sidings, run round, and propel the stock back in. This ruling (unique to Blackpool North), resulted in a railtour coming here in 2005 with only one brake vehicle, and a class 67 being sent up from Warringotn to haul the stock into the sidings. As the brake vehicle was then on the rear for the shunt back into the platforms, the class 37 was able to do it itself.


Location Name:
TS758 - Blackpool Pleasure Beach, NR

Location Notes:
The nearest national rail station for the biggest fairground in Blackpool, this station is located on the branch from Kirkham to Blackpool south. Until 1964, the line carried on to Blackpool Central. This station is situated behind the pleasure beach. The present station was built in 1989, as part of a rebuilding, and is unmanned. However, the canopy at the station entrance, looks to date from the 1920's.

Railway type and traffic
The line is single track to its terminus at Blackpool south, and the only trains are class 142 DMUs of Northern.


Location Name:
TS708 - Blackpool South Station

Location Notes:
This station is the terminus of the Lytham line, which diverges off the main line to Blackpool North, west of Kirkham.
This was not the original terminus of this line. For, until 1964, it carried on to Blackpool Central. That station closed in 1964, and for a history of that station, with then and now pictures, visit the page on the disused stations website.

Railway type and traffic
The station is a single track terminus, with no run round facilities. The only trains are class 142 DMUs of Northern, on local passenger services to Preston and beyond.


Location Name:
TS709 - Blackpool, Squires Gate

Location Notes:
Located on the branch to Blackpool South (originally extended to Blackpool Central until 1964), Squires Gate station is located on Squires Gate lane. Bizarre as it may seem, the road is halved, down the middle, between Fylde borough, and Blackpool borough! The station is in Fylde, the boundary is the middle of the road!
This used to be a mecca for transport, and in some ways, still is. Starr Gate tram terminus is a short walk away, Blackpool Airport is in the opposite direction. Also, if you come out of the station, and turn right, head down to the apartment block, called the coach houses. This is the site of the former Fylde borough tramway and bus depot. The depot was built in 1901, to house the Lytham and St Annes corporation trams. Later, buses took over. In 1986, the fleet became blue buses, and in 1993, was sold to its management. The company was in a bit of a bus war with Blackpool transport, when the latter bought blue buses in 1994. Fully absorbed into BT in 1996, the new route network integrated both company's routes, from 1999, when the depot was closed, and demolished later. A commemorative sculpture and plaque denote the sites significance.
For more about the history of Fylde corporation, go to the Blue Buses Website.

Railway type and traffic
The line from Kirkham to Blackpool south is entirely single track, and thus only DMUs are used. These are currently Northern class 142s. Incidentally, the line was, at one time, double track, to serve the (still open) Pontins holiday camp, a short walk away. The original length of the still used platform, and the length of the disused one, give a reminder of past glories.


Location Name:
TS676 - Blea Moor

Location Notes:
Blea Moor, just north of the Ribblehead Viaduct, is one of the 'classic' location on the Settle and Carlisle line and also home to one of the most remote signal boxes in the UK. Many photos are possible in this remote area (including trains on the famous Ribblehead viaduct) depending on the time of day. This location is about 1km from the nearest place with Road Access and is a walk across Blea Moor Common under the viaduct.

Railway type and traffic
Sprinters on passenger services about every 2 hours. There are regular charter trains along the line.
Freight is mainly Coal, operated by DB Schenker and Freightliner, as well as GBRf and DB Schenker Gypsum trains to New Biggin.


Location Name:
TS308 - Brock

Location Notes:
Brock is approximately 7 miles north of Preston on the West Coast Main Line.

Railway type and traffic
Trains are a mixture of Virgin, North Western and Trans Pennine Express passenger trains with mainly inter-regional freight trains operated by DB Schenker, Freightliner and DRS.


Location Name:
TS383 - Brock Crossing

Location Notes:
Brock is approximately 7 miles north of Preston on the West Coast Main Line.

Railway type and traffic
Trains are a mixture of Virgin, North Western and Trans Pennine Express passenger trains with mainly inter-regional freight trains operated by DB Schenker, Freightliner and DRS.


Location Name:
TS395 - Brock, New Lane

Location Notes:
Brock is a rural area approximately 7/8 miles north of Preston on the West Coast Main Line.

Update by Steve Fort 09/06/08
This location has now 'gone' photographically speaking. If you look at the picture of the pendolino there has been a large mast and associated building placed directly in line with the vantage point and the railway line RIP. Been there today 9-6-08.

Railway type and traffic
There is a mix of traffic on the route. The principal passenger services are provided by Virgin and Trans Pennine bringing Voyagers, Pendolinos and class 175 units, with Northern's 150/153 and 156s also appearing. Railtours fairly regularly traverse the route and there are regular ECS workings to/from West Coast Trains at Carnforth.
Freight includes DRS's Intermodals, Nuclear Flask and Tanks, Freightliner's and DB Schenker services with Coal and Departmental duties usually in the hands of class 66s and Enterprise workings hauled by class 92s.


Location Name:
TS1147 - Brunswick Station

Location Notes:
This station, dating from 1998, is located on the Northern line of the Merseyrail elctrics, and serves the former Brunswick docks area, now a thriving business area. It also serves as the new railhead for the Dingle area, replacing, in a sense the former L.O.R., or Liverpool Overhead Railway, station, and also part of Toxteth.
The L.O.R. had a station at Brunswick, on a different site. Also visible, by walking from the station, is one of the few remains of the L.O.R., the old Dingle tunnel. To view it, come out of the station, turn left, and walk to the roundabout, where the fitness centre is, and the tunnel is visible above the car park.
For a history of the L.O.R., with pictures of all the station sites, check out this link on the Disused stations website.

Railway type and traffic
The only regular traffic are Hunts Cross - Southport trains, operated by Merseyrail class 507 or 508 EMUs. There is no freight, despite this being near the docks. The old dock lines were lifted in the 1960s.


Location Name:
TS132 - Carlisle

Location Notes:
Carlisle is a major hub in the north west of England, just south of the Scottish border, with five lines meeting here: the WCML between Glasgow and London, the Glasgow and South Western (to Glasgow via Dumfries), the Settle and Carlisle,the Tyne Valley to Newcastle and the Cumbrian coast.

Railway type and traffic
Carlisle is served by five TOCs: ScotRail, First North Western, Virgin Cross Country, Virgin West Coast and Arriva Trains Northern. Three freight companies also run trains through Carlisle: DB Schenker, Freightliner and DRS.

Passenger operators:
ScotRail: 156s between Carlisle,Dumfries, Kilmarnock and either Glasgow or Stranraer. ScotRail units also run through the Tyne Valley, although these are crewed by ATN drivers and guards. Also the Caledonian Sleeper passes through Carlisle.
First North Western: 156s from Carlisle to Whitehaven and Barrow on Furness round the Cumbria coast.
Virgin Cross Country: One or two trains an hour in each direction with both Voyagers and Super Voyagers.
Virgin West Coast: Two hourly service between London Euston and Glasgow Central, formed of 390s Pendolinos.
Arriva Trains Northern: 142s, 156s and occasional 158s.

Freight:
DB Schenker: Mostly 66s. There are regular coal trains, engineers or enterprise services during the week. There are quite often a couple of locos stable at the station rather than Kingmoor Yard.
Freightliner: During the day there are MGRs from the Scottish open casts to English power stations. At night there are Freightliners to and from Coatbridge passing through.
DRS: Their depot is few miles away at Kingmoor, and there are a numberof workings through Carlisle station. 20s, 33s and 37s all appear on nuclear flasks, usually in pairs (or more). DRS also have 10 class 66s which are generally used on Malcolm's traffic from Coatbridge and Grangemouth to Daventry.


Location Name:
TS273 - Carlisle, Metal Bridge

Location Notes:
A low viaduct across the River Esk just north of Carlisle Kingmoor and to the south of the Scottish border.

Railway type and traffic
Anglo Scottish WCML traffic.
Virgin West Coast and Cross Country services, mostly Pendolionos and Voyagers but some loco hauled workings remain. Plenty of freight from DB Schenker, Freightliner and DRS (DRS Kingmoor depot is a short distance to the south).


Location Name:
TS1183 - Casey Lane, Basford Hall Junction

Location Notes:
Casey Lane is just outside Crewe about 3 miles from Crewe Station. This location is right by Basford Hall Junction and there is room to park about 8 cars. This location is on the WCML with passenger and freight workings.

Railway type and traffic
All type of classes of trains.


Location Name:
TS94 - Chester

Location Notes:
Chester is on the North Wales Coast line from Crewe to Holyhead.

Railway type and traffic
Trains through Chester include the Arriva Trains Wales services to and from the Coast with 158's,175's. First North Western services to Manchester via Northwich with any of their fleet of 150/153/156/158 and Merseyrail to Liverpool every 30 minutes with Class 507's or 508's. Virgin HST's run through to and from Euston, and of course from February,the FNW Blackpool train will be Class 31's hauled.
Freight through Chester includes the daily Warrington to Dee Marsh (60,66),Crewe to Penmaemawr (66) and the bi-daily Crewe to Valley flasks (20/37/66) as well as the sporadic runs of Warrington to Chirk, Penyffordd and Gobowen trains (any DB Schenker). The Alstom Class 175 depot is around the corner, and can be viewed from platform 3b.


Location Name:
TS715 - Chinley East Junction

Location Notes:
A road bridge crossing the line at the eastern side of Chinley triangle.

Railway type and traffic
Regular passenger services are all worked by dmu's, with Trans Pennine Class 185 or 158, and Central Trains Class 170 or 158, each running hourly on weekdays. In addition, there is a two hourly (hourly on Saturdays) local service, usually worked by Class 142 or 150, with an occasional Class 156.
There is a variety of freight trains, mainly consisting of stone trains from Peak Forest, Tunstead and Dowlow and cement trains from Earles Sidings.


Location Name:
TS714 - Chinley South Junction, Chapel Milton

Location Notes:
The location overlooks the southern part of Chinley triangle, where the line crosses over the A6 Chapel-en-le-Frith by pass. The actual south junction was originally located here, but the points are now closer to Chapel-en-le-Frith, and the two tracks function as separate single lines to / from the north and east junctions.

Railway type and traffic
There are no booked passenger trains.
There is a variety of freight trains, mainly consisting of stone trains from Peak Forest, Tunstead and Dowlow.


Location Name:
TS770 - Chinley Station

Location Notes:
The station serves a small village between New Mills and Chapel-en-le-Frith. Although the line runs generally in a north - south direction, at the station, the single island platform is aligned roughly in an east - west direction.

Railway type and traffic
Regular passenger services are all worked by dmus, with Trans Pennine Class 185 or 158, and Central Trains Class 170 or 158, each running hourly on weekdays. In addition, there is a two hourly (hourly on Saturdays) local service, usually worked by Class 142 or 150, with an occasional Class 156.
There are a variety of freight trains, mainly consisting of stone trains from Peak Forest, Tunstead & Dowlow and cement trains from Earles Sidings.


Location Name:
TS771 - Chinley, Lower Lane Bridge

Location Notes:
The footbridge is in a village called Chinley, between New Mills and Chapel-en-le-Frith.

Railway type and traffic
Regular passenger services are all worked by dmus, with Trans Pennine Class 185 or 158, and Central Trains Class 170 or 158, each running hourly on weekdays. In addition, there is a two hourly (hourly on Saturdays) local service, usually worked by Class 142 or 150, with an occasional Class 156.
There are a variety of freight trains, mainly consisting of stone trains from Peak Forest, Tunstead & Dowlow and cement trains from Earles Sidings.


Location Name:
TS772 - Chinley, Occupation Bridge

Location Notes:
The footbridge is just outside a village called Chinley, between New Mills and Chapel-en-le-Frith.

Railway type and traffic
Regular passenger services are all worked by dmus, with Trans Pennine Class 185 or 158, and Central Trains Class 170 or 158, each running hourly on weekdays. In addition, there is a two hourly (hourly on Saturdays) local service, usually worked by Class 142 or 150, with an occasional Class 156.
There are a variety of freight trains, mainly consisting of stone trains from Peak Forest, Tunstead & Dowlow and cement trains from Earles Sidings.


Location Name:
TS773 - Chinley, Stubbins Lane

Location Notes:
The road bridge just outside a village called Chinley, between New Mills and Chapel-en-le-Frith.

Railway type and traffic
Regular passenger services are all worked by dmus, with Trans Pennine Class 185 or 158, and Central Trains Class 170 or 158, each running hourly on weekdays. In addition, there is a two hourly (hourly on Saturdays) local service, usually worked by Class 142 or 150, with an occasional Class 156.
There are a variety of freight trains, mainly consisting of stone trains from Peak Forest, Tunstead & Dowlow and cement trains from Earles Sidings.


Location Name:
TS774 - Chinley, White Knowl Farm Bridge

Location Notes:
The road bridge just outside a village called Chinley, between New Mills and Chapel-en-le-Frith.

Railway type and traffic
Regular passenger services are all worked by dmus, with Trans Pennine Class 185 or 158, and Central Trains Class 170 or 158, each running hourly on weekdays. In addition, there is a two hourly (hourly on Saturdays) local service, usually worked by Class 142 or 150, with an occasional Class 156.
There are a variety of freight trains, mainly consisting of stone trains from Peak Forest, Tunstead & Dowlow and cement trains from Earles Sidings.


Location Name:
TS322 - Conwy

Location Notes:
Conwy is a picturesque town on the Conwy estuary with a large castle and is located on the North Wales Main Line just west of Llandudno Junction.

Railway type and traffic
Train services on the line are provided by class 158 and 175 units with Virgin's Voyagers on London Trains. There are occasional freight trains.


Location Name:
TS400 - Coppull

Location Notes:
The footbridge at Coppull is on the West Coast Main Line between Preston and Wigan.

Railway type and traffic
There are regular passenger services operated by Pendolinos on the London trains, Voyagers on the Birmingham trains, and class 142/150 and 156 units on the Liverpool trains.
There is a variety of freight services, with DB Schenker Coal, Departmental and Enterprise workings, Freightliner and DRS all making an appearance.


Location Name:
TS1112 - Copy Pit

Location Notes:
The bridge, known locally as Windy Bridge, is on the line between Hall Royd Junction, Todmorden and Gannow Junction.
Todmorden, Hebden Bridge and Burnley are the nearest towns.

Railway type and traffic
Passenger traffic is mainly the hourly DMU service between Blackpool North and York, with the occasional charter working.
There is also a three times a week Immingham - Preston Dock bitumen train, that runs in the early morning, and its return tanks, returning mid morning, and other freights occasionally use the route.


Location Name:
TS172 - Crawford, Dukes Wood Crossing

Location Notes:
A wide level crossing on unmade lane, about midway between Rainford and Upholland stations.

Railway type and traffic
During the week an Hourly dmu runs during the daytime. Mostly Class 142 but with occasional 150/156.
Daily return freight service, Immingham - Knowsley & return.


Location Name:
TS402 - Crow Nest Junction

Location Notes:
A busy junction on local route between Wigan and Manchester.
Crow Nest Junction is less than a mile east of Hindley station, where the route to Lostock Junction and Bolton diverges from the line to Manchester via Atherton.
A farm track, which is also a public footpath, crosses the line on a long overbridge with low parapets, giving good views of the junction directly beneath, the signalbox and the line towards Hindley station.

Railway type and traffic
Almost exclusively local passenger traffic operated by the Northern Rail franchise between Southport, Kirkby, Wigan Wallgate and Bolton, Manchester (Vic and Piccadilly) and points beyond. The current timetable is covered by DMU classes 142, 150 and 156.
In the past, and maybe in future timetable revisions, the line has also seen regular services between Manchester Airport and northern destinations such as Windermere, reached via Wigan NW and the WCML. This line has also been used as a diversionary route. If diversions are planned, then Crow Nest may be a suitable location to check out 'foreign' DMUs and Virgin services. Otherwise it is strictly for DMU fans.
Close to the bridge is a 1970s-built signal box which controls the junction. With 5 trains per hour in each direction the signalman is kept busy. Crow Nest Junction acts as fringe box between Warrington PSB to the west, Manchester Piccadilly Signalling Centre on the Bolton line and the L&Y mechanical boxes at Atherton Goods Yard or Walkden to the east. All signals in the junction area have now been converted to colour lights.


Location Name:
TS1141 - Daisyfield Junction

Location Notes:
The location is the road bridge over the eastern portal of Blackburn tunnel, overlooking the East Lancashire line but also taking in the junction with the Hellifield line. Nearby is the site of Daisyfield station, where there is still one of the old platforms, a staffed signalbox and level crossing.

Railway type and traffic
Northern Trains services - hourly Blackpool York Class 158s, hourly Manchester Clitheroe 150/156 and hourly Blackpool South to Colne Class 142s.
There is also the three times a week Lindsey to Preston Dock bitumen traffic plus of course weekend diversions and specials (including steam) traversing the Settle Carlisle Blackburn route.


Location Name:
TS380 - Dalton-in-Furness, Dalton Junction

Location Notes:
Grange Junction is on the western outskirts of Dalton-in-Furness in south Cumbria. It is the junction for the passenger line via Barrow, to the left, and the freight short-cut to the right.

Railway type and traffic
The regular passenger service is approximately hourly, Currently, Transpennine services are all 185's. Northern Rail uses 153s and 156s with an occasional 142, or a rare 158.
Freight is normally DRS 37s or DRS 20s.


Location Name:
TS317 - Daresbury

Location Notes:
Daresbury is approximately 3 miles south of Warrington and about the same distance east of Runcorn. Two lines pass through the area, the West Coast Main Line and the Warrington to Chester line.

Railway type and traffic
The West Coast Main Line in this area has hourly services to London and Birmingham and most freight services heading south from Warrington Yard. The rest of the southbound freight uses the Chester line which has an hourly service between Manchester and Llandudno.


Location Name:
TS326 - Denthead

Location Notes:
Denthead is on the Settle and Carlisle railway at the top of Dent valley, about 4 miles south of the station.

Railway type and traffic
The Settle and Carlisle is a reasonably busy route with freight trains, principally Anglo-Scottish Coal and Gypsum trains to Newbiggin operating in between the roughly two-hourly local service. The line is also a popular diversionary and railtour route.


Location Name:
TS1153 - Diggle Junction

Location Notes:
This location lies on the Trans Pennine route between Manchester and Leeds, about 5 miles from Stalybridge.
It is a bridge, and a nearby footbridge, crossing the Manchester to Huddersfield railway.

Railway type and traffic
This location lies on the Trans Pennine route between Manchester and Leeds, about 5 miles from Stalybridge.
Passenger traffic consists of up to 4 Trans Pennine Expresses per hour in each direction, worked by Class 185 or Class 170 dmus. In addition, there is an hourly local service between Manchester Victoria and Huddersfield, worked by Northern Rail Class 142, 150 or 156.
A few freight services may be seen on Mondays to Fridays, mostly worked by DBS or Freightliner Class 66.


Location Name:
TS1151 - Diggle Old Station

Location Notes:
A bridge over the railway close to the south (Manchester) end of Standedge Tunnel.

Railway type and traffic
This location lies on the Trans Pennine route between Manchester and Leeds. Passenger traffic consists of up to 4 Trans Pennine Expresses per hour in each direction, worked by Class 185 or Class 170. In addition, there is an hourly local service between Manchester Victoria and Huddersfield, worked by Northern Rail Class 142, 150 or 156.
A few freight services may be seen on Mondays to Fridays, mostly worked by DBS or Freightliner Class 66.


Location Name:
TS444 - Docker

Location Notes:
Docker is just north of Kendal and is located on the West Coast Main Line between Oxenholme and Tebay.

Railway type and traffic
Most regular passenger trains are worked by either Voyagers or Pendolinos.
Freight includes DRS, DB Schenker and Freightliner workings.


Location Name:
TS386 - Dutton Viaduct

Location Notes:
Dutton Viaduct is on the West Coast Main Line at the Southern end of Weaver Junction, where the line to Runcorn and Liverpool diverges from the line north to Warrington, Preston and Glasgow.

Railway type and traffic
There is a wide variety of traffic on this stretch of line. Passenger services are Virgin's Voyagers and Pendolinos and Central Trains' class 158 and 170 units, with occasional appearances by Arriva Trains Wales' 158s.
Freight includes Freightliner services from Scotland and from Ditton/Speke, most DB Schenker services operating south from Warrington and DRS flask and intermodal trains.


Location Name:
TS203 - Earlestown Station

Location Notes:
A triangular station, on the boundary between residential, shopping and light industrial areas.

Railway type and traffic
Passenger services are now provided by Northern Rail on platforms 1,2 and 3 only and Arriva Trains Wales on platforms 4 and 5 only.
First TransPennine trains pass through daily as 'shortest route' ecs workings between Liverpool and Manchester and as public timetabled trains on many Sundays, calling at Newton-le-Willows instead of Warrington Central. A Virgin passenger train from Preston to Plymouth and return uses the route non stop in each direction, Mon-Sat inclusive, for train crew route knowledge retention.
Freight services include coal and other traffic from Seaforth and Bootle docks, but can be considerable day to day variation. DB Schenker 60 and 66, plus an occasional Freightliner Class 66 are most likely to be seen.


Location Name:
TS768 - Elmsfield

Location Notes:
Located on the West Coast Main Line between Carnforth and Oxenholme, this location is situated just into Cumbria with Kendal being the nearest town.

Railway type and traffic
Regular passenger services operated by Virgin and Trans Pennine Express.
Wide variety of freight including DB Schenker Coal, Intermodal and Enterprise workings, Freightliner Coal and Containers and DRS Intermodals heading to/from Scotland.


Location Name:
TS399 - Farington Curve Junction, Coote Lane

Location Notes:
Farington Curve Junction is immediately south of Preston on the West Coast Main Line. It is a complex series of lines comprising of the WCML which is heading north-south, the Ormskirk line which heads west and the Blackburn line which diverges to the west with the Ormskirk line but immediately swings through 130 degrees to cross the WCML at right angles and head east.
There also used to be a connecting line from the Ormskirk to the Blackburn lines at Lostock Hall.

Railway type and traffic
The Blackburn line usually sees class 142s on the hourly Blackpool South to Colne service and 158s on the Leeds trains. The Ormskirk line has usually has a class 153 shuttling back and forth.
Diversionary trains from Preston north via the Settle and Carlisle line head south from the station and take the Blackburn line.


Location Name:
TS398 - Farrington Curve Junction, Bee Lane

Location Notes:
Farington Curve Junction is immediately south of Preston on the West Coast Main Line. It is a complex series of lines comprising of the WCML which is heading north-south, the Ormskirk line which heads west and the Blackburn line which diverges to the west with the Ormskirk line but immediately swings through 130 degrees to cross the WCML at right angles and head east. There also used to be a connecting line from the Ormskirk to the Blackburn lines at Lostock Hall.

Railway type and traffic
The West Coast Main Line has a wide variety of traffic: Pendolinos and Voyagers, a variety of units and a good selection of freight operated by DB Schenker, Freightliner and DRS.
The Blackburn line usually sees class 142s on the hourly Blackpool South to Colne service and 158s on the Leeds trains. The Ormskirk line has usually has a class 153 shuttling back and forth.


Location Name:
TS318 - Ffynnongroyw

Location Notes:
Ffynnongroyw is on the Welsh side of the Dee Estuary about 20 miles West of Chester close to Mostyn Docks. The coastal area is fairly built up and dominated by the Main Road though this location is itself quiet.

Railway type and traffic
The North Wales Main Line is served by regular trains between Manchester/Crewe, Chester and Llandudno/Holyhead provided by Arriva Trains Wales and Virgin Trains. Usual stock for these trains are classes 158 and 175 with Voyagers. There is a daily ballast working in the mornings from Penmaenmawr quarry and an occasional DRS Nuclear train to/from Valley.


Location Name:
TS356 - Freshfield, Barkfield Lane

Location Notes:
Freshfield and Formby are two adjoining residential area popular with both commuters to Southport and Liverpool and in the case of Freshfield in particular with footballers (Jamie and Louise Redknapp used to live near here, amongst others). The area is also famous for its Pine Woods, home of the rare Red-Squirrel. The footbridge is in a quiet area.

Railway type and traffic
The line has a 15 minute frequency worked by class 507/508 EMUs.


Location Name:
TS335 - Frodsham Viaduct

Location Notes:
A view from the A56 of the viaduct which carries the Chester to Warrington line.

Railway type and traffic
Passenger services along the line are usually classes 158/175 with class 142s on the infrequent Ellesmere Port trains. Currently there is no loco-hauled North Wales duty passing through but the commuter diagram to Manchester is one that sometimes does provide loco-haulage if the 175s are suffering badly.
There are daily freight services on the line, notably timber trains to Chirk. Any freight or light engines from Warrington towards Newport can be routed this way instead of via Crewe


Location Name:
TS198 - Garswood, Arch Lane Bridge

Location Notes:
On line between Wigan North Western and Liverpool Lime Street.

Railway type and traffic
Up to 3 passenger trains per hour each way. Mostly Class 142/150/156/158.
Freight very occasionally.


Location Name:
TS313 - Grange-over-Sands

Location Notes:
Grange is located on the north side of Morecambe Bay and is on the line from Carnforth to Barrow-in-Furness.

Railway type and traffic
The regular passenger service is approximately hourly, Currently, Transpennine services are all 185's. Northern Rail uses 153s and 156s with an occasional 142, or a rare 158.
Freight is normally DRS 37s or DRS 20s.


Location Name:
TS58 - Greenholme

Location Notes:
Located on the West Coast Main Line on the 1 in 75 Shap incline, north of Tebay. This whole stretch of line has been famous for railway photography since steam days, and is still popular.

Railway type and traffic
About 60 trains a day between 05:00 and 22:00. Of these, about 3 /4 are Virgin West Coast or Cross Country services. All Cross Country trains are Voyagers. West Coast trains are almost always Pendolino worked.
Most freight trains run in the evenings or overnight. Daytime services mainly comprise intermodals and coal.


Location Name:
TS327 - Grisedale Crossing

Location Notes:
Grisdale Crossing is two miles north of Garsdale station on the Settle and Carlisle line.

Railway type and traffic
The Settle Carlisle is a popular freight, diversion and railtour route with coal and gypsum trains interspersed with the roughly two-hourly local passenger service.


Location Name:
TS1131 - Hamilton Square

Location Notes:
First station after Liverpool on the Wirral Line, Hamilton Square is located on Hamilton Street, in Birkenhead. The square is nearby. As part of the 1978 works for Merseyrail, a new tunnel and platform 3 were constructed. This serves trains to New Brighton and West Kirby, and allows those trains to go under the Hooton/Chester/Ellesm,ere Port line and thus avoid crossing over and causing conflicting movements.
There used to be a second railway station here, Birkenhead Woodside, which closed in 1967. A bus station today sits on the site, which can still be clearly identified. With Hamilton Square station being nearby, little inconvienence was caused by Woodside's closure. The chester service was cut back to Hooton, though since 1994 eletrification, through running to Liverpool has recommenced.
To learn more about Birkenhead Woodisde, please visit the link on the disused station website.

Railway type and traffic
Class 507's and 508's of the Merseyrail are the only trains you will see here. The station layout is as follows as well. Platform one is for all trains to Liverpool. Platform 2 is for Chester and Ellesmere Port trains. Platform three (dating from 1978) for New Brighton and West Kirby.


Location Name:
TS310 - Heath Charnock

Location Notes:
Heath Charnock is a rural area two miles south of Chorley on the Preston to Bolton and Manchester line.

Railway type and traffic
Most trains on this line are North West Trains/Trans Pennine classes 156/175 with 142 and 150s appearing usually at Peak times. There is a two hourly service provided by Voyagers. Currently there is a daily class 31 hauled train operating for North Western and the line is also used as a diversionary route when the WCML is closed south of Preston.


Location Name:
TS312 - Helsby

Location Notes:
Helsby is on the Warrington to Chester line at the junction of the branch to Ellesmere Port. The station is unstaffed serving a small village though the station has won awards for the work volunteers do keeping the platforms clean. There is a good selection of Semaphore signals controlled by the Signal Box on the platform.

Railway type and traffic
Passenger services along the line are usually classes 158/175 with class 142s on the infrequent Ellesmere Port trains. Currently there is no loco-hauled North Wales duty passing through but the commuter diagram to Manchester is one that sometimes does provide loco-haulage if the 175s are suffering badly.
There are daily freight services on the line, notably timber trains to Chirk. Any freight or light engines from Warrington towards Newport can be routed this way instead of via Crewe.


Location Name:
TS1064 - Hest Bank

Location Notes:
A Level Crossing Frame where road crosses WCML just outside Morecambe. The road leads to a bay side car park and the sea. A footbridge is also present to allow walkers to cross the line to the sea when the barriers are down.

Railway type and traffic
Situated on a busy stretch of WCML with Virgin expresses, Pendolinos, and local trains to Carlisle, Skipton, Barrow and Carnforth, DMUs.
Freight is regular DRS container trains, nuclear waste, DB Schenker freights, 66s, 92s, 86s, Network Rail test trains and odd special movements out of West Coast Railway Co. at Carnforth.
There are more locations both directions as there are footbridges in distance looking to Carnforth and looking to Morecambe. Carnforth is only 10 min drive too.


Location Name:
TS775 - Heyrod, Black Rock Footbridge

Location Notes:
A footbridge over the Manchester to Huddersfield line about 1 mile south of Mossley station, a short distance from the site of Black Rock sidings and signal box.

Railway type and traffic
Regular passenger services are all worked by DMUs, with Trans Pennine Classes185, 170 and Northern Rail Class 142 or 150, with an occasional Class 156. Freight traffic includes binliner services between the Manchester area and Roxby near Scunthorpe.


Location Name:
TS353 - Hillside

Location Notes:
A quiet residential suburb of Southport.
The station is also near the Royal Birkdale Golf Course which stages the Open Golf Championship every 7/8 years.

Railway type and traffic
The line has a 15 minute frequency worked by class 507/508 EMUs.


Location Name:
TS314 - Horwich

Location Notes:
Horwich is on the line from Preston to Bolton and Manchester and is about 5 miles North-West of Bolton. The station of Horwich Parkway is adjacent to the M61, a large retail park and Bolton Wanderers stadium.

Railway type and traffic
There is a regular passenger service on the line provided by classes 150/156/158 and 175 with a two hourly Voyager from Edinburgh. The line is also used as a diversionary route when the WCML is closed south of Preston for engineering.


Location Name:
TS684 - Hoylake, Municipal Golf Course Foot Crossing

Location Notes:
This is a foot crossing on the Liverpool Central-West Kirby line between Hoylake-West Kirby. The crossing is situated next to Hoylake Municipal Golf Course, and also a well used cycleway and footpath.

Railway type and traffic
Frequent Merseyrail units. In the autumn and winter, there are also occasional Network Rail MPVs.


Location Name:
TS480 - James Street, Merseyrail

Location Notes:
Situated in the business and commercial district of Liverpool, James Street happens to be the quietest of the underground stations on the Merseyrail network. It is part of the 'Loop' Merseyrail tunnel which was bored in the late 1970s, although Platform 2 still shows signs of years before.

Railway type and traffic
Class 507s and 508s operate services to New Brighton and West Kirby at 15-minute intervals and to Chester and Ellesmere Port at 30-minute intervals.


Location Name:
TS170 - Kirkby, Dale Lane Junction

Location Notes:
About 1 miles east of Kirkby station on the line from Wigan Wallgate.

Railway type and traffic
During the week an Hourly DMU runs during the daytime. Mostly Class 142 but with occasional 150/156.
Daily return freight service, Immingham - Knowsley & return.

The line from Potter's freight terminal emerges on south side of line, about 150 yards from bridge - trains reverse here.


Location Name:
TS377 - Kirkham Tip

Location Notes:
Kirkham and Wesham is on the Preston to Blackpool line at the point where the lines to Blackpool North and South divide. There also used to be a third, more direct, line to Blackpool Central, and it is on the track bed of this where until the 1980s used Ballast was deposited.
The footbridge here spans both the formation of this line at the western end of the disused sidings, and the still operational route to Blackpool North.

Railway type and traffic
The line to Blackpool North has regular services, usually comprising each hour:
1 to Manchester Airport (usually class 175),
1 to Buxton (Class 150/156),
1 to Liverpool (Class 142/150/156) and
1 to York (Class 156/158).
The daily 'club' train working using class 31s now seems to have finished from the start of the 'Northern' franchise.


Location Name:
TS309 - Lea

Location Notes:
Lea is a few miles west of Preston on the Preston to Blackpool Line.

Railway type and traffic
Since Virgin pulled out of Blackpool most trains on this line are Multiple Units though a great variety of classes and TOCs can be seen - 142,150/1,150/2,156,158,175 for North Western in many liveries and 156 and 158 for Trans Pennine (even the odd 144 has been seen in the past). Currently (2004) a daily 31 hauled train also runs.


Location Name:
TS994 - Levenshulme Station

Location Notes:
Levenshulme station is situated about 3 miles south of Manchester and is situated on the Manchester-Crewe/Macclesfield line with trains running onto the Hazel Grove/Buxton and Chester lines also running through.

Railway type and traffic
It is on a 4 track mainline with the two platforms on the far track meaning there is plenty of space to photograph fast trains on the middle lines. Usual services include express 390s towards Manchester and London and 220/221 Cross Country units also serving Manchester. Local services are provided by Northern 142/150/323 units with 158/170s also running on express. Unfortunately any trains running through Manchester heading to/from the Hope Valley line or the Manchester Airport line will avoid this location.


Location Name:
TS1117 - Liverpool Central

Location Notes:
Liverpool Central serves the heart of Liverpool, as the name suggests, and is the busiest station on the Merseyrail electrics. The station has a very interesting history. There originally was a Liverpool Central High level station, opened by the Cheshire Lines Committee in 1874. At one time this station offered services to Manchester, Warrington, London Marlyebone, Hull and even Harwich. There was also a local service to gateacre via Hunts Cross.
In 1898 the Mersey Railway (today's Wirral line) extended their route from James Street through new tunnels to Liverpool Central, terminating below high level. After nationalisation in 1948, these two platforms became low level.
In 1972, the loop and link line construction started, and high level closed. By this time it was only offering the Gateacre service, all other routes diverted via the Allerton Curve to Lime Street. The station was demolished, and the tunnel to Brunswick excavated, and new tunnels were dug to met up with the mersey railway over-run tunnels. This, along with new tunnelling to Moorfields, created a cross city Northern Line, allowing trains to proceed to Hunts cross, replacing the old High level service. A new loop line for the wirral line allowed a deeper level platform to be built below what became the Northern Line platforms. The connection through the old tunnel to James Street still remains, but for ECS movements.
More details on the old Liverpool Central High Level can be found on the disused stations website.

Railway type and traffic
Liverpool Central has three platforms, 1 & 2 are on the Merseyrail Northern Line, platform 3 (dating from 1978) is on the Wirral Line. Trains to see will be class 507 and 508 EMUs of Merseyrail electrics.


Location Name:
TS1219 - Long Marton, Settle and Carlisle

Location Notes:
This location is on the Settle to Carlisle Railway, approximately 3 miles from Appleby in a North Westerly direction.

Railway type and traffic
Normal traffic consists of Northern Rail 158s and 158 + 153 combos, along with this there are DB schenker and Freightliner coal trains and container trains to and from the nearby gypsum plant.
During the summer months many a steam special uses the line heading in either direction.
It is also a diversionary route for the West Coast Main Line.


Location Name:
TS441 - Lostock, Ladybridge Lane

Location Notes:
Lostock is a few miles north-west of Bolton Town Centre on the line to Wigan and Preston from Manchester.

Railway type and traffic
The usual service on the line is provided by units operated by Trans Pennine and Northern. There is a frequent service of 3 per hour towards Preston and 2 or 3 per hour towards Wigan. There id also a two-hourly Virgin Voyager working. At weekends the route is often used as a diversionary route for trains on the WCML south of Preston which brings class 57 hauled Pendolinos to the line.
There is little in the way of freight.


Location Name:
TS442 - Lostock, Lostock Hall

Location Notes:
Lostock is a few miles north-west of Bolton Town Centre on the road to Horwich and on the line to Preston from Manchester.

Railway type and traffic
The usual service on the line is provided by units operated by Trans Pennine and Northern. There is a frequent service of 3 per hour towards Preston. There is also a two-hourly Virgin Voyager. At weekends the route is often used as a diversionary route for trains on the WCML south of Preston which brings class 57 hauled Pendolinos to the line.
There is little in the way of freight.


Location Name:
TS201 - Lowton - A579 Bridge

Location Notes:
An over bridge over shallow cutting, about 2 miles east of Newton Le Willows on the line between Liverpool Lime Street and Manchester via Chat Moss.

Railway type and traffic
Passenger services between Manchester and Liverpool, Warrington Bank Quay, Chester and North Wales. These trains now all DMU operated by Classes 142, 150, 156, 158, 175 from First North Western & Arriva Trains Wales. Also sometimes used for diversions from other routes - check the National Rail timetable for dates - when Central Trains, Trans Pennine & Virgin services may appear.
Freight traffic is variable, but mostly light and subject to change. DB Schenker Classe 66, plus an occasional Freightliner Class 66 are most likely to be seen.


Location Name:
TS202 - Lowton, Highfield Moss

Location Notes:
I regret to report that galvanised iron fencing has now been erected here, currently only on the south side of the line, but ruining most photo. opportunities (and looking a complete eyesore in an open country area)

Grassy scrub-land, about 1 1/4 miles east of Newton Le Willows station, not far from Parkside East Junction.


Railway type and traffic
Passenger services between Manchester and Liverpool, Warrington Bank Quay, Chester and North Wales. These trains now all DMU operated by Classes 142, 150, 156, 158, 175 from First North Western & Arriva Trains Wales. Also sometimes used for diversions from other routes - check the National Rail timetable for dates - when Central Trains, Trans Pennine & Virgin services may appear.
Freight traffic is variable, but mostly light and subject to change. DB Schenker Class 66, plus an occasional Freightliner Class 66 are most likely to be seen.


Location Name:
TS602 - Manchester Piccadilly Station

Location Notes:
Manchester Piccadilly, located in the heart of Manchester City centre, is the terminus of many different lines, particularly part of the West Coast Mainline to London Euston. It has 14 platforms a couple of which are through platforms.

Railway type and traffic
The station is served by a large amount of different railway traffic, which is mainly mainline passenger stock. The passenger trains include classes 142, 150, 156, 158, 170, 175, 185, 220, 221, 323, and 390. Occasionally a 153 is seen here, the only regular working been the 1715 Blackpool North service coupled with another unit. They are also seen on Arriva Trains Wales services depending on stock shortages. Also seen occasionally is a Pendolino drag through platforms 13 and 14 if the West Coast main line is shut for some reason. These mainly occur at weekends.
There are also various special workings on a regular basis, featuring Class 90s, Class 57s, HSTs.
Freight services consist of occasional 86 or 70 workings for Freightliner with the their main traction been 66s and 90s. DB Schenker workings consist mainly of 66s and 92s, with the very occasional stone train hauled by a 60. There are many light loco workings to and from Trafford Park.


Location Name:
TS826 - Marple Wharf Viaduct

Location Notes:
A viaduct over the Goyt Valley, viewed from the adjacent canal tow path and aqueduct.

Caution - stay away from the edge of the canal aqueduct in windy conditions - it is a long drop to the valley floor.

Railway type and traffic
The line is served by local trains from Manchester Piccadilly to Marple or Rose Hill, some trains continuing to New Mills Central or Sheffield, and usually worked by Class 142 or 150, with an occasional Class 156. A few freight trains run, mainly consisting of stone trains from the Peak Forest area. Occasionally, express services between Manchester and Sheffield may be diverted this way, when the normal route via Stockport is blocked by engineering work.


Location Name:
TS1085 - Mills Hill, Middleton

Location Notes:
About 6 miles from Manchester on the Oldham loop between Manchester Victoria and Leeds.

Railway type and traffic
Mostly DMU passenger traffic of various class including 142s and 144s.
There is also some freight traffic at night.


Location Name:
TS780 - Mite Viaduct

Location Notes:
A small viaduct on the Cumbrian Coast Line in the village of Ravenglass, inside the Lake District National Park. A short walk away from Ravenglass for Eskdale station, with the southbound platform extending almost to the viaduct itself.

Railway type and traffic
Passenger services by Northern Rail are run by 156s (9 trains per weekday and 3 with a 153), 153s (3 trains per weekday and 3 with a 156) and 142s (2 trains per weekday).
Freight services are usually run by DRS 20s, 37s and occasionally 66s.
These include 6C51/6C52, the weekly Sellafield-Heysham P.S. return nuclear flask working on Thursdays, which goes south at 12:45 and north at 19:40.
6C53 (Crewe-Sellafield) runs from Tuesday-Saturday, passing north at about 09:20 during the week and at 08:50 on Saturday.
6K73 (Sellafield-Crewe) runs on Monday-Thursday and then again on Saturday, southbound at about 15:45 during the week and at 09:20 on Saturday.


Location Name:
TS439 - Moore

Location Notes:
Moore is a small village south of Warrington and both the West Coast Main Line and the Warrington to Chester lines pass through.

Railway type and traffic
The Warrington to Chester route usually sees an hourly service provided by class 175 units, however there is also freight on the line, principally Timber trains to Chirk.


Location Name:
TS874 - Morecambe, Foot Crossing

Location Notes:
This location is situated on a housing estate less than 2 minutes walk from Morecambe Station.

Railway type and traffic
The type of traffic to use this line normally would be Northern Rail 156s however sometimes 142s can be used instead.
There is also a weekly flask working from Sellafield-Heysham this can provide any type of DRS traction. This train usually operates Top and Tail to save a run round in Morecambe station.


Location Name:
TS211 - Mostyn Docks

Location Notes:
Situated on the North Wales Coast between Flint and Prestatyn.

Railway type and traffic
Mainly DMU operated services of class 142, 150, 156, 158 and 175. Virgin services to and from Holyhead.
A few freight workings (steel from Healey mills to Mostyn docks ), ballast trains from the Penmaenmawr. Charlie Hulmes "The North Wales Coast Railway - Rheilffordd arfordir Gogledd Cymru" website gives some information on the route and is well worth checking.


Location Name:
TS755 - New Mills Central

Location Notes:
The station is located on a hillside near the centre of New Mills. Both sides of the line are surrounded by trees.

Railway type and traffic
The line is served by (mostly) hourly local trains from Manchester Piccadilly, continuing two hourly (hourly on Saturdays) to Sheffield and usually worked by Class 142 or 150, with an occasional Class 156. Occasionally, express services between Manchester and Sheffield may be diverted this way, when the normal route via Stockport is blocked by engineering work.
A few freight trains pass through, mainly consisting of stone trains from the Peak Forest area.


Location Name:
TS718 - New Mills South Junction

Location Notes:
An over bridge, a short distance south of New Mills South Junction signal box.

Railway type and traffic
Regular passenger services are all worked by dmu's, with Trans Pennine Class 185 or 158, and Central Trains Class 170 or 158, each running hourly on weekdays. In addition, there is a two hourly (hourly on Saturdays) local service, usually worked by Class 142 or 150, with an occasional Class 156.
There are a variety of freight trains, mainly consisting of stone trains from Peak Forest, Tunstead and Dowlow and cement trains from Earles Sidings.


Location Name:
TS321 - Old Colwyn

Location Notes:
Old Colwyn overlooks Colwyn Bay which is on the North Wales Coast Main Line. Colwyn Bay is a busy seaside resort, Old Colwyn is a residential area.

Railway type and traffic
Class 158 and 175 units work the majority of services along this line with Virgin's Voyagers and loco-hauled Pendolinos operating services to London.
The Penmaenmawr stone train runs as required (very rare too) and the Valley flasks vary traction from 20s, 37s and 57s.


Location Name:
TS351 - Ormskirk

Location Notes:
A small market town in Lancashire.

Railway type and traffic
The line has a 15 minute frequency worked by class 507/508 EMUs.
The station is the end of line from Liverpool. It used to be part of main line from Liverpool to Preston and Scotland. Merseyrail network makes end-on connection with the Ormskirk to Preston branch which is usually worked by class 153 units and runs approx every 90 minutes.


Location Name:
TS524 - Ormskirk, Abbey Lane Level Crossing

Location Notes:
This farm crossing is no longer in use by vehicles and is set in the countryside area of Ormskirk. The crossing is now used by patrons of the local camp site as a dog walk. The single track line is due to be renewed in late 2007.

Railway type and traffic
Mainly First North Western class 150 single car units.
No freight operates on this line, however, 2007 looks to see regular NR ballast trains (class 66 hauled).


Location Name:
TS173 - Orrell, Dukes Barn Bridge

Location Notes:
A rural farming location.

Railway type and traffic
During the week an Hourly dmu runs during the daytime. Mostly Class 142 but with occasional 150/156.
Daily return freight service, Immingham - Knowsley & return.


Location Name:
TS311 - Parbold

Location Notes:
Parbold is a small village and station 7 miles west of Wigan on the line to Southport and is also on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal.

Railway type and traffic
Currently locos are banned from this line, with the exception of engineers trains, so trains are usually classes 142/150/156. The interest here comes largely from the Semaphore signalling.


Location Name:
TS174 - Pemberton, Little Lane Bridge

Location Notes:


Railway type and traffic
During the week an Hourly dmu runs during the daytime. Mostly Class 142 but with occasional 150/156.
Daily return freight service, Immingham - Knowsley & return.


Location Name:
TS175 - Pemberton, Winstanley Colliery Crossing

Location Notes:


Railway type and traffic
During the week an Hourly dmu runs during the daytime. Mostly Class 142 but with occasional 150/156.
Daily return freight service, Immingham - Knowsley & return.


Location Name:
TS685 - Penmaenmawr

Location Notes:
The location at Penmaenmawr is located to the east of the town. Many photos are possible from the cycle path between the Dual Carriageway (A55) over looking the North Wales Coast. In the evening photos are possible from other side of the line.

Railway type and traffic
Class 158 and 175 units work the majority of services along this line with Virgin's Voyagers operating services to London.
The Penmaenmawr stone train runs as required (very rare too) and the Valley flasks vary traction from 20s, 37s and 57s.


Location Name:
TS319 - Prestatyn

Location Notes:
Prestatyn is a small seaside town on the North Wales Coast Main Line 25 miles west of Chester.

Railway type and traffic
Class 158 and 175 units work the majority of services along this line with Virgin's Voyagers operating services to London.
The Penmaenmawr stone train runs as required (very rare too) and the Valley flasks vary traction from 20s, 37s and 57s.


Location Name:
TS280 - Preston Station

Location Notes:
Preston station is located on the West Coast Main line between Wigan and Lancaster.

Railway type and traffic
Preston sees a large variety of traffic. These include classes 142, 150, 153, 156, 158, 175, 220 Voyagers and 390 Pendolinos.
There is also plenty of freight flows, passing through the station, from DB Schenker and Freightliner, with the odd bit of DRS Traffic.


Location Name:
TS171 - Rainford Station

Location Notes:
On the line between Wigan Wallgate and Kirkby.

Railway type and traffic
During the week an Hourly dmu runs during the daytime. Mostly Class 142 but with occasional 150/156.
Daily return freight service, Immingham - Knowsley & return.


Location Name:
TS205 - Rainhill

Location Notes:
On the Liverpool Lime Street to Manchester Victoria line.

Railway type and traffic
Passenger services between Liverpool and Manchester and Warrington Bank Quay. Trains are now all operated by DMUs, mostly with Classes 142, 150, 156 from First North Western Also sometimes used for diversions from other routes - check the National Rail timetable for dates - when Central Trains, Trans Pennine and Virgin services may appear.
Freight services include coal and other traffic from Seaforth and Bootle docks, but can be considerable day to day variation. DB Schenker 60 and 66, plus an occasional Freightliner Class 66 are most likely to be seen.


Location Name:
TS767 - Ravenglass

Location Notes:
Small station inside the Lake District National Park on the scenic Cumbrian Coast Line from Carlisle to Lancaster via Barrow. The village is about 90 minutes south of Carlisle and 50 minutes north of Barrow. There is an adjacent interchange with the 15" gauge historic Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway, which travels for 7 miles up the valleys of Miterdale and Eskdale to the hamlet of Boot at the foot of the Scafells, England's highest mountains. The station has two platforms (one northbound and one southbound) and these are staggered, the southbound one being to the north of the other one. The southbound can be reached from the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway car park whilst the northbound one is conveniently next to The Ratty Arms pub across the way.
There is a footbridge to the south of both platforms leading from the main part of the village across to the playing field and the miniature railway, next to the obsolete mainline signal box, which is often opened up in high summer by R&ER volunteers. The footbridge is possibly the best vantage point and you can see for almost a mile to the north, well beyond the level crossing at Saltcoats.

Railway type and traffic
Passenger services by Northern Rail are run by 156s (9 trains per weekday and 3 with a 153), 153s (3 trains per weekday and 3 with a 156) and 142s (2 trains per weekday).
Freight services are usually run by DRS 20s, 37s and occasionally 66s.
These include 6C51/6C52, the weekly Sellafield-Heysham P.S. return nuclear flask working on Thursdays, which goes south at 12:45 and north at 19:40.
6C53 (Crewe-Sellafield) runs from Tuesday-Saturday, passing north at about 09:20 during the week and at 08:50 on Saturday.
6K73 (Sellafield-Crewe) runs on Monday-Thursday and then again on Saturday, southbound at about 15:45 during the week and at 09:20 on Saturday.


Location Name:
TS675 - Ribblehead

Location Notes:
Ribblehead is one of the more remote and scenic locations on the famous Settle and Carlisle line and the site of one of the most famous viaducts in the UK.
The main photo spot here is on the west side of the line south of the viaduct, near the station. There also many photos possible on the other side across Blea Moor. Here a 'scenic' shot can be had of southbound trains after crossing the viaduct and a shot can be taken of the train passing through the station of a northbound train (but there is only limited space to photo a northbound train here).

Railway type and traffic
Sprinters on passenger services about every 2 hours. There are regular charter trains along the line.
Freight is mainly Coal, operated by DB Schenker and Freightliner, as well as GBRf and DB Schenker Gypsum trains to New Biggin.


Location Name:
TS316 - Romiley

Location Notes:
Romiley is a small town on the southern outskirts of Manchester and is on the line from Manchester to New Mills and Sheffield, at the point where the routes via Hyde and Brinnington rejoin.

Railway type and traffic
There is an intensive local service worked by classes 142 and 150 units from Manchester to Rose Hill Marple, New Mills and Sheffield. There are several freight workings, notably Departmental trains to Castleton and some Stone trains from Peak Forest. The line is also regularly used as a diversion for express Manchester to Sheffield trains when Stockport is closed bringing 158s and 170s to the line.


Location Name:
TS117 - Roodee Viaduct

Location Notes:
Roodee Viaduct is adjacent to the racecourse in Chester, a road bridge spans the tracks gives high level views in both directions. A foot path also gives a track side view in one direction.

Railway type and traffic
The Roodee Viaduct is a classic photographic location, with views of everything that works to and from the North Wales Coast and along the Wrexham/Shrewsbury line.
At the time of writing...
Passenger trains could be worked by Class 57s, HSTs and DMUs from the Arriva Trains Wales and First North Western fleets as well as additional and specials such as Northern Belle and Ruggex's to Cardiff.
Freight is powered by anything from DB Schenker 60s, 66s on Dee Marsh, Penmaenmawr, Pennyfford, Gobowen and Mostyn freight trains with Freightliner working 66s on the Penmaenmawr ballasts.


Location Name:
TS1195 - Sackville Viaduct, Manchester Oxford Road

Location Notes:
The location is a multi-storey car park alongside the viaduct leading from Manchester Piccadilly to Oxford Road stations.

Railway type and traffic
About 95% of the trains using the line are now DMU classes, though this will change in a few years when the wires go up on the Liverpool line. All classes that run into Piccadilly can be viewed except classes 220,221 and 170. Very rarely a class 153 or 155 may turn up but it is very unusual. The only EMUs to use the line at present are class 323. Virgin Pendillinos do not venture here unless on a WCML diverted drag operation.
Loco hauled workings are mainly Freightliner class 66s and the occasional class 70s. The freight originates at Trafford Park Freightliner terminal mainly.


Location Name:
TS1194 - Salop Goods Junction, Crewe

Location Notes:
A collection of locations overlooking the freight lines that are under Crewe station.
To access the location, you must leave the station via platform 12 using the footbridge at the north end of the platform.

Railway type and traffic
All freight, intermodal, coal, stone, sand, flasks, engineers.


Location Name:
TS67 - Scout Green

Location Notes:
Located on the West Coast Main Line on the 1 in 75 Shap incline, two and a half miles south of the summit. This whole stretch of line has been famous for railway photography since steam days, and is still popular.

Railway type and traffic
The majority of the passenger trains are Virgin Pendolinos or Voyagers, along with an hourly First TransPennine in each directions currently class 185's but changing to class 350's in March 2014.
There is plenty of freight both day and night including frequent one off movements of both freight and charters.


Location Name:
TS328 - Shotlock Hill

Location Notes:
Shotlock Hill is 2-3 miles north of Garsdale station on the Settle and Carlisle line.

Railway type and traffic
The Settle to Carlisle line has a roughly two-hourly local service with coal and gypsum trains running in between. It is also a popular diversionary route and has many railtours using it.


Location Name:
TS465 - Southport

Location Notes:
Southport is a seaside town situated north-west of Liverpool.

Railway type and traffic
Merseyrail's fleet of Class 507 and 508 EMUs operate towards Liverpool and Hunts Cross at 15-munute intervals during Monday - Saturday and on summer Sundays, although the frequency is shortened somewhat to 30-minute intervals on Sundays during winter.
Northern Rail operate trains towards Manchester and Wigan and changing intervals (normally 45-minutes). General DMUs found operating this route are: 142s, 150/1s, 150/2s and 156s.


Location Name:
TS199 - St. Helens Central Station

Location Notes:
Town centre station, two platforms plus disused bay on south side.

Railway type and traffic
Up to 3 passenger trains per hour each way. Mostly Class 142/150/156/158.
Freight very occasionally.


Location Name:
TS204 - St. Helens Junction Station

Location Notes:
On the Liverpool Lime Street to Manchester Victoria line, former junction station for St. Helens Central. 2 miles from town centre.

Railway type and traffic
Passenger services between Liverpool and Manchester and Warrington Bank Quay. Trains are all now operated by DMUs, mostly with Classes 142, 150, 156 from First North Western. The route is also sometimes used for diversions from other routes - check the National Rail timetable for dates - when Central Trains, Trans Pennine and Virgin services may appear.
Freight services include coal and other traffic from Seaforth and Bootle docks, but can be considerable day to day variation. DB Schenker Class 60 and 66, plus an occasional Freightliner Class 66 are most likely to be seen.


Location Name:
TS692 - Stockport Station

Location Notes:
Stockport is situated about 5 Miles south of Manchester, and lies on the lines from Manchester-Crewe, Sheffield, Stoke and Mid Cheshire Line.

Railway type and traffic
The type of traffic that can usually be found at Stockport is pretty varied from passenger workings that provide 142, 150, 156, 158 and 323 on Northern Rail on services to Crewe, Macclesfield, Chester, Hazel Grove, Buxton. There is also Transpennie Express services which run from Manchester Airport-Cleethorpes these are worked by the new class 185 units. Central Trains which operates services from Liverpool-Norwich are operated by either class 158s or 170s. Arriva Trains Wales operates services to Shrewsbury and South and West Wales and these are operated by 158s and 175s (These will soon become full 175 operated services when the class 185 start operating to Barrow-on-Furness, Windemere and Blackpool.
Virgin Trains operates the Pendolinos on the London services, and also use voyager to South West, At this time (late 2006 an DB Schenker 90 occasionally operates between Manchester-Birmingham with Mk2 stock.
The freight traffic here provides class 60s, 66s (both DB Schenker/Freightliner), Occasional 67 on charters/test trains, There is also various electrics operating from Trafford Park these provide 86s, 90s and 92s.


Location Name:
TS323 - Talacre

Location Notes:
Talacre is a small resort settlement on the North Wales Coast a few miles west of Prestatyn. There is a small amount of industry in the area.

Railway type and traffic
The North Wales Coast Main Line has a regular service operated by class 158 and 175 units with Voyagers on the London services. A morning ballast train from Penmaenmawr and occasional DRS workings to Valley.
The line at this point used to have four tracks. The Up Slow line still exists as a disused siding at this point as it passes through the old Talacre Station. There is a wide gap between the Up and Down lines where the middle platform has been removed.


Location Name:
TS1055 - Tattenhall

Location Notes:
A very quiet rural foot crossing near to the village of Tattenhall on the Chester - Crewe line.

Railway type and traffic
This line is the mainline from Crewe - North Wales. Expect to see passenger trains operated by:
Arriva Trains Wales using class 150/153/158/175,
Virgin Trains using class 221/57+390.
Wrexham, Shropshire and Marylebone Railway trains use this line when the line from Shrewsbury to Wrexham is closed, and for empty stock workings now and again.
Freight is sparse. The daily Crewe-Penmaenmawr and return ballast train will be in the hands of a Freightliner class 66. The Valley-Crewe flasks run this way when they do run. There is not much beyond this though.
Railtours are quite frequent, to and from Blaenau Ffestiniog, Llandudno and Holyhead.

Please note that not all tours go this way though, some go via Helsby to Warrington, as does most freight.


Location Name:
TS200 - Thatto Heath Station

Location Notes:
On line between Wigan North Western and Liverpool Lime Street.

Railway type and traffic
Up to 3 passenger trains per hour each way. Mostly Class 142, 150, 156, 158.
Only very occasional freight now.


Location Name:
TS1210 - Towyn

Location Notes:
Located in North Wales on the A548 at Towyn. The road has a major "dog leg" in it near to "Kinmel Bay" where the A548 crosses over the main North Wales coast line. Good shots, in both directions, are available from both sides of this main road bridge.

Railway type and traffic
Rail traffic is predominantly units of 158, 175 and Voyagers although very occasionally Freightliner locos will use the line to Penmenmawr quarry.


Location Name:
TS381 - Ulverston

Location Notes:
Ulverston is in the south of the Lake District and is a principal station on the route from Lancaster to Barrow-in-Furness. Ulverston is the birth place of one half of Laurel and Hardy.

Railway type and traffic
The regular passenger service is approximately hourly, Currently, Transpennine services are all 185's. Northern Rail uses 153s and 156s with an occasional 142, or a rare 158.
Freight is normally DRS 37s or DRS 20s.


Location Name:
TS1134 - Waitby

Location Notes:
Waitby is located just north of Kirkby Stephen on the Settle to Carlisle line.

Railway type and traffic
A mixture of passenger traffic (Northern class 153/156 and 58 units normally) and freight workings, which include DBS and Freightliner coal workings, DBS departmental trains and DBS/GBRF Gypsum trains. There are also regular charter trains throughout the year.


Location Name:
TS410 - Warrington, Arpley Junction

Location Notes:
Arpley Junction is adjacent to Warrington Bank Quay Station, but is located on the goods line that passes beneath. The line used to continue to Manchester but due to structural damage on a bridge over the Ship Canal, it was truncated at Latchford Sidings in the 1980s, just past Arpley Junction to the east.

Railway type and traffic
The main freight passing beneath Warrington station are coal trains to Fiddlers Ferry Power Station. These follow a complex route from Liverpool Docks. Most workings reverse at Edge Hill, before proceeding via Rainhill and Earlestown and through Bank Quay station. They then run round in Arpley Yards, before passing Arpley Junction to Latchford Sidings. They then run round again to pass Arpley once more to head to Fiddlers Ferry. Occasionally they can be routed via Widnes to Liverpool instead of via the reverse of the above route, which will entail them exiting Fiddlers Ferry, passing Arpley Junction to Latchford, running round and heading back past Arpley and Fiddlers Ferry to Speke. Generally a train will take 30-40 minutes between passing through Bank Quay on the main line to heading under the station to Fiddlers Ferry. They will take about 90-120 minutes then to return. There are usually about 3 trains operating this circuit, but are dependant on a ship arriving at Liverpool Bulk Terminal.
Other freight trains also use Latchford Sidings to reverse when Arpley Yard is busy.


Location Name:
TS412 - Warrington, Bank Quay Station

Location Notes:
Warrington Bank Quay is on the West Coast Main Line and is a major station on the route between Crewe and Preston, being an interchange for the Manchester to Chester and North Wales services.

Railway type and traffic
The main line passenger trains are now mainly in the hands of Pendolinos and Voyagers. North Wales services are largely class 158 and 175 units.
There is a great variety of freight, Arpley yard just south of the station is a major hub for DB Schenker's Enterprise network, in addition to Anglo-Scottish workings and coal to Fiddlers Ferry.


Location Name:
TS811 - Widnes, Barrows Green Lane

Location Notes:
An over bridge in Barrows Green Road, about 1 mile east of Widnes station, on the CLC* route between Liverpool and Manchester.

*CLC was the Cheshire Lines Committee Railway, jointly owned by the Great Central, Great Northern & Midland Railways, & later by the LNER and LMSR. They built the line between Liverpool Central and Manchester Central, plus other lines such as Manchester / Altrincham to Northwich and Chester Northgate. The remaining parts of these railways are still known locally as the CLC .

Railway type and traffic
Regular passenger services are all worked by DMUs, with Trans Pennine Class 185, Central Trains Class 158 or 170, and Northern Rail Class 142 or 150, with an occasional Class 156.
On very rare occasions, freight services and Class 57/3-hauled Pendolinos may be diverted via this route due to engineering work on sections of the WCML.


Location Name:
TS176 - Wigan North Western Station

Location Notes:
A busy station on West Coast Main Line.

Railway type and traffic
Passenger services by Virgin West Coast & Cross Country, with Pendolinos & Voyagers.
First North Western - DMU Classes 142, 150, 156, 158. Class 175 (First North Western or Trans Pennine Express) appear only during diversions from other routes due to engineering work.
Freight services operated by DRS, DB Schenker and Freightliner - increasingly dominated by Class 66, but Classes 20, 37, 60 and 86 may also be seen.
From the south end of the platforms, trains on the Wigan Wallgate line can also be seen. Passenger traffic on the Wallgate line is entirely First North Western DMU's. One daily return freight between Immingham & Knowsley.


Location Name:
TS57 - Winwick

Location Notes:
Two miles north of Warrington where WCML and North Wales - Manchester and Warrington - Liverpool routes run over 4 tracks with clear view of all 4 tracks both north and south. Just to the south of Winwick Junction.

Railway type and traffic
Plenty of Virgin Cross country and West Coast services. Various hourly local services using multiple units 142/158/175[0/1]. Plenty of freight to see with traffic from DRS, DB Schenker and Freightliner.


Location Name:
TS396 - Woodacre

Location Notes:
Woodacre is a rural area on the West Coast Main Line between Preston and Lancaster. There used to be a farm crossing here but this has been replaced by a footbridge.

Railway type and traffic
There are a variety of services along the line. Principal passenger services are in the hands of Virgin's Voyagers and Pendolinos and Trans Pennine class 175s.
Freight is usually provided by DB Schenker class 66s on Coal and Departmental duties and class 92s on Enterprise workings, the occasional Freightliner 66 (the 86s tend to run at night), and DRS's Nuclear and Intermodal trains which produce a variety of traction.


Location Name:
TS355 - Woodvale

Location Notes:
Woodvale is a residential suburb of Southport and is at the south end of the suburb of Ainsdale.

Railway type and traffic
The line has a 15 minute frequency worked by class 507/508 EMUs.


Location Name:
TS1121 - Workington #2, Derwent Junction

Location Notes:
Trainspots Note:
The information is a little vague for this location, but it was felt it was better to have some information for the Workington Shuttles than none. Please send in any updates/corrections/errors/ommisions you might wish to make using the Submission form.


Following the flooding that occurred in the area almost every bridge across the river Derwent has become impassable and the railway provides the only link between north and south. A shuttle service is in operation in December 2009 ferrying passengers from the north of the river to the town in the south. The other option is a 30mile round trip to the next usable road crossing.

December 08th Update:
A foot crossing has now opened allowing you to walk from one side of the river to the other. The car journey is still a long trek.

Railway type and traffic
The Cumbrian coast line from Carlisle to Lancaster is usually operated with a roughly hourly frequency local services provided by Northern's fleet of 153 and 156 units with the occasional 142.
Freight workings are irregular and comprise of DB Schenker Enterprise and steel workings between Workington and Carlisle also DRS moves between Carlisle and the Sellafield reprocessing centre.
The line is popular with railtours due to it's scenic nature.


Location Name:
TS1122 - Workington #3, North Station

Location Notes:
Trainspots Note:
The information is a little vague for this location, but it was felt it was better to have some information for the Workington Shuttles than none. Please send in any updates/corrections/errors/ommisions you might wish to make using the Submission form.


Following the flooding that occurred in the area almost every bridge across the river Derwent has become impassable and the railway provides the only link between north and south. A shuttle service is in operation in December 2009 ferrying passengers from the north of the river to the town in the south. The other option is a 30mile round trip to the next usable road crossing.

December 08th Update:
A foot crossing has now opened allowing you to walk from one side of the river to the other. The car journey is still a long trek.

Railway type and traffic
The Cumbrian coast line from Carlisle to Lancaster is usually operated with a roughly hourly frequency local services provided by Northern's fleet of 153 and 156 units with the occasional 142.
Freight workings are irregular and comprise of DB Schenker Enterprise and steel workings between Workington and Carlisle also DRS moves between Carlisle and the Sellafield reprocessing centre.
The line is popular with railtours due to it's scenic nature.


Location Name:
TS1124 - Workington #5, Siddick

Location Notes:
Trainspots Note:
The information is a little vague for this location, but it was felt it was better to have some information for the Workington Shuttles than none. Please send in any updates/corrections/errors/ommisions you might wish to make using the Submission form.


Following the flooding that occurred in the area almost every bridge across the river Derwent has become impassable and the railway provides the only link between north and south. A shuttle service is in operation in December 2009 ferrying passengers from the north of the river to the town in the south. The other option is a 30mile round trip to the next usable road crossing.

December 08th Update:
A foot crossing has now opened allowing you to walk from one side of the river to the other. The car journey is still a long trek.

Railway type and traffic
The Cumbrian coast line from Carlisle to Lancaster is usually operated with a roughly hourly frequency local services provided by Northern's fleet of 153 and 156 units with the occasional 142.
Freight workings are irregular and comprise of DB Schenker Enterprise and steel workings between Workington and Carlisle also DRS moves between Carlisle and the Sellafield reprocessing centre.
The line is popular with railtours due to it's scenic nature.


Location Name:
TS1125 - Workington #6, St Helens Colliery Station

Location Notes:
Trainspots Note:
The information is a little vague for this location, but it was felt it was better to have some information for the Workington Shuttles than none. Please send in any updates/corrections/errors/ommisions you might wish to make using the Submission form.


Following the flooding that occurred in the area almost every bridge across the river Derwent has become impassable and the railway provides the only link between north and south. A shuttle service is in operation in December 2009 ferrying passengers from the north of the river to the town in the south. The other option is a 30mile round trip to the next usable road crossing.

December 08th Update:
A foot crossing has now opened allowing you to walk from one side of the river to the other. The car journey is still a long trek.

Railway type and traffic
The Cumbrian coast line from Carlisle to Lancaster is usually operated with a roughly hourly frequency local services provided by Northern's fleet of 153 and 156 units with the occasional 142.
Freight workings are irregular and comprise of DB Schenker Enterprise and steel workings between Workington and Carlisle also DRS moves between Carlisle and the Sellafield reprocessing centre.
The line is popular with railtours due to it's scenic nature.


Location Name:
TS1126 - Workington #7, Flimby Station

Location Notes:
Trainspots Note:
The information is a little vague for this location, but it was felt it was better to have some information for the Workington Shuttles than none. Please send in any updates/corrections/errors/ommisions you might wish to make using the Submission form.


Following the flooding that occurred in the area almost every bridge across the river Derwent has become impassable and the railway provides the only link between north and south. A shuttle service is in operation in December 2009 ferrying passengers from the north of the river to the town in the south. The other option is a 30mile round trip to the next usable road crossing.

December 08th Update:
A foot crossing has now opened allowing you to walk from one side of the river to the other. The car journey is still a long trek.

Railway type and traffic
The Cumbrian coast line from Carlisle to Lancaster is usually operated with a roughly hourly frequency local services provided by Northern's fleet of 153 and 156 units with the occasional 142.
Freight workings are irregular and comprise of DB Schenker Enterprise and steel workings between Workington and Carlisle also DRS moves between Carlisle and the Sellafield reprocessing centre.
The line is popular with railtours due to it's scenic nature.


Location Name:
TS1128 - Workington #9, Maryport A596 Bridge

Location Notes:
Trainspots Note:
The information is a little vague for this location, but it was felt it was better to have some information for the Workington Shuttles than none. Please send in any updates/corrections/errors/ommisions you might wish to make using the Submission form.


Following the flooding that occurred in the area almost every bridge across the river Derwent has become impassable and the railway provides the only link between north and south. A shuttle service is in operation in December 2009 ferrying passengers from the north of the river to the town in the south. The other option is a 30mile round trip to the next usable road crossing.

December 08th Update:
A foot crossing has now opened allowing you to walk from one side of the river to the other. The car journey is still a long trek.

Railway type and traffic
The Cumbrian coast line from Carlisle to Lancaster is usually operated with a roughly hourly frequency local services provided by Northern's fleet of 153 and 156 units with the occasional 142.
Freight workings are irregular and comprise of DB Schenker Enterprise and steel workings between Workington and Carlisle also DRS moves between Carlisle and the Sellafield reprocessing centre.
The line is popular with railtours due to it's scenic nature.


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