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Written by Bevan Price - 28 Apr 2004
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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.
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RTT Link Thatto Heath Station
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Urban, housing & light industry. Short tunnel on the Liverpool side of the station.
Road directions
The station lies on the B5413 road, which forms a link between the A57 at Rainhill station and the A58 (St. Helens to Prescot and Liverpool).

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Thatto Heath Station map co-ordinates
Very limited outside shops adjacent to station. Free car park in nearby Elephant Lane - if heading towards Rainhill, turn left at the traffic lights, and the car park is on the right after about 200 yards.
Public transport
By rail to the station.
By bus from stops close to Rainhill station.

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Some food shops close to station.
Sun Compass
Sun Compass using Suncalc by brought to you by Vladimir Agafonkin:
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Thatto Heath Station

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Streetmap links
Thatto Heath Station general view map
Thatto Heath Station close up map

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Thatto Heath Station

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Photographic notes
At the station, best for eastbound trains from the road over bridge, the sun is OK until the late morning.
Nearby locations include:
Thatto Heath cutting - walk southwards from the station to the traffic lights, turn right into Scholes Lane, and after about 0.4 miles, turn left into a minor road with a bridge over the cutting. Allow about 10 minutes. Except for a brief period in late afternoon, the rock cutting is mostly in shade, but with careful exposure control, photos can be obtained with a telephoto lens at most times of the day.
Elm Road bridge - from the station, cross the road into Thatto Heath Park, and follow the path parallel to the railway until you leave the park, and turn right onto Elm Road bridge. Allow about 5 minutes. The line here is in a grass-lined cutting, and may be shaded for most of the day in winter.

General views - All photographs © Bevan Price unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking west

Fig 1 - Looking west

A late morning shot.

Fig 2- Looking east

Fig 2- Looking east

Thatto Heath Cutting

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