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Written by David Ross - 06 Nov 2006
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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.
Stockport station is situated right in the centre of the city
Road directions
The M60 motorway runs right under the mainline just north of the station.
From the motorway you need to exit at Junction 28 then take Travis Brow this will take round and back across the M60, then go straight on at the next roundabout and take the 1st left which will take you into Chestergate. Once onto this road, you should take the second turn off onto Wellington Road then, Stockport Station is situated on the 2nd exit.

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Stockport Station map co-ordinates
The is a full car park situated outside the station, operated by Virgin.
Public transport
Getting to Stockport by Public Transport is fairly easy. All Services from Manchester Piccadilly heading to Crewe, Norwich, Sheffield, South Wales as well as the various local services call at Stockport.
All services from the south call here as well.
For timetable info see the National Rail website.
A Greater Manchester Day Ranger is priced priced �3.00 for Adults and �1.50 for Children Details on the Greater Manchester PTE website.
There is also the Wayfarer ticket that gives unlimited travel to a number of places in the GM area and details can also be found in the Greater Manchester PTE site, this ticket been priced �8.40 for Adults and �4.20 for Children/OAPs.

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There is a Quick Snack on the Station situated on Platform 2.With Manchester Piccadily, and the city center, been only 10 Mins away there is plenty amenities there.
For hotel info visit the Stockport Hotels website.
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Stockport Station

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Photographic notes
The best platform for photography would be platform 1/2 as this gives you a straight look across Stockport Viaduct.
Platform 4 is also good, this gives you good video footage of any northbound freights that get signal checked.

Be aware Stockport Station lies under the flight path into Manchester Airport, so planes fly over every 2 or 3 minutes.

General views - All photographs © David Ross unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking north

Fig 1 - Looking north

Fig 2 - Looking south

Fig 2 - Looking south

Fig 3 - Looking south

Fig 3 - Looking south

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