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Whelley Jct.
Photo: Peter Worthington
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Item #: 21680
1963 Train on single line heading toward Haigh

Comment by: Scholes Malc on 22nd October 2012 at 09:37

would left hand line be heading over the twenty bridges and right hand be heading Chorley way, and after a couple of hundred yards pick join the line coming off the 'Seven Bridges' (or dominoes as some call them?

Comment by: flaggy delf on 22nd October 2012 at 11:08

Yes that's right. Right hand line goes to Haigh Junction

Comment by: AB on 22nd October 2012 at 11:25

As far as I recall the split off the main line to Red Rock and Chorley was at Boars Head Station which had a platform on each line, and was south of this junction.
I remember Boars head station was a victim of mining subsidece and over the years the lines and platforms were brought up to the original level and as a result the station buildings eventually had steps down to them
It was a unique V shaped station.

Comment by: Rev David Long on 22nd October 2012 at 16:21

Was that station unique? What about the historic Earlestown Station?

Comment by: Loz on 22nd October 2012 at 18:54

The left hand (down) line will enter a bridge below the main line and emerge to join the main line at Standish Junction. The line to its right is the up line which leaves the main line at Standish Junction.

Comment by: Garry on 22nd October 2012 at 20:17

Great set of pics, Peter. Do you have any of De-Trafford Junction on the Whelley line?

Comment by: Peter W. on 23rd October 2012 at 01:11

Non of De-Trafford sorry Garry but just about to try and upload some more. I did, or I should say WE, used to chat for a good spell as the Whelley line was that busy and the telephone lines were of the 'Party' type. Standish, Boars Head, De-Trafford and sometimes Haigh all on the line at once, and sometimes further afar if any signal man left his connection hooked up. Don't remember any names from De-Trafford apart from the relief men.

Comment by: Harry Gardner on 23rd October 2012 at 22:36

Wish it was like that today.

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