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Crow Nest Junction Now and Then.
Crow Nest Junction Now and Then.
Photo: Colin Harlow
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Item #: 24121
A 2013 photo of Crow Nest Junction Hindley, and a 1956 shot of the same site with the signal box sandwiched between eight running lines.
The signal box in the top photo is now closed and will be demolished.
Bottom photo by Signalling Record Collection.

Comment by: AP on 8th November 2013 at 10:59

The impressive signal gantry visible in lower photo: there are some excellent pictures of this gantry about. Anyone in a position to post one? -- asks hopefully.

Comment by: Dr Keith Tattum on 8th November 2013 at 11:25

Well isn't that just marvelous? This is EXACTLY as I remember it with the signal box in the V of the tracks. Very many thanks for posting such an evocative photograph.

Comment by: cullie on 8th November 2013 at 12:52

sad sight to see i was there early hrs this morning and took some video footage of it i could'nt get in side the control room of the box but did manage to go underneath the box check it out with this link http://youtu.be/t0qTYm-Q3OY

Comment by: Loz on 8th November 2013 at 13:35

Very sad, Culle, most of the stuff robbed. How many levers did the box have at closure? And how many in the old box in its heyday??

Comment by: Garry on 8th November 2013 at 14:24

The bottom photo, which four track are in use today out all these. It looks a signal man's headache, how did they know what train direction to take. Look how wide the track bed is.

Comment by: Loz on 8th November 2013 at 19:29

Cullie, my query about the number of levers has been answered by baldylocks under one of the other Crow Nest pics.

Comment by: Kev on 8th November 2013 at 19:46

The signal box in the lower photo was better positioned...the signal man had a much better sight of train movement.

Comment by: Mark L on 9th November 2013 at 11:17

It looks like the top signal box is where the fast lines are on the bottom pic would have been.

Comment by: David on 9th November 2013 at 12:32

We take one step forward and fifty steps back, what's the point to close a Signal Box if the line is still being used?? Health and Safety should have steped in, and more important job loses, AGAIN. Our railways are being killed off.

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