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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.
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Urban, light industry - suburb & main shopping area of Newton-le-Willows.
From the M6 - A580 - A49 junction (Haydock):
Head south on A49 towards Newton-le-Willows. After about 1 mile, turn west at a mini-roundabout onto the A572. After almost 1 mile turn left into Cross Street (just after passing a library), and follow the one-way system left into Fairclough Street. A car park is available on the right, in sight of Earlestown station.Click here to set up your location for directions to this location Earlestown Station map co-ordinates
Free public car park in Fairclough Street (see road directions) - except on market day mornings (Monday & Friday), there are usually a number of free spaces here. The small station car park is for rail passengers only.
Shops, cafes & take-away food in nearby shopping area.
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Earlestown Station general view map
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The east to south curve (Platforms 4 and 5) and the west to south curve (Platform 3) are both sharply curved and it is difficult to include more than 3 to 4 vehicles in photographs. At the west end of Platform 2, the sun is best for photographs of eastbound trains in the morning. On Platform 1, the sun is best for photographs of westbound trains on summer evenings. In the afternoon, better photographs of westbound trains can be obtained from the over bridge located just west of the station. Turn left outside the station, take the second turn left, then turn left onto the bridge.
General views - All photographs © Bevan Price unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking south
From platform 4, looking towards Winwick Junction.
Fig 2 - Looking west
From platform 2 looking towards Liverpool.
Fig 3 - Looking west
From platform 3 looking towards Liverpool.
Fig 4 - Looking east
From Junction Lane Bridge, looking back towards Earlestown station.
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