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Railway or Waterway?
Photo: DTease
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Item #: 32041
The Whelley Loop Line through the Plantations before the trackbed was cleared and the drainage repaired. Looks more like a river than a railway!
Winter 1993.

Comment by: John G on 3rd April 2020 at 14:26

DTease: Wouldn't it be a lot nicer if it was wider and canal boats can go through, this would also bring the woods further back to nature.
Maybe we should all bring the pace of life down a bit, let nature do what she wants to do, she just might rectify things.

Comment by: Alan on 3rd April 2020 at 19:13

Well, it's NOT a railway anymore, the track was lifted in the 1970s. Looks more like a stream than anything else.
Nature is being returned.

Comment by: DTease on 3rd April 2020 at 19:21

Considering the chaos on the railways these days John G it would probably be quicker getting around if they turned all the Railways into canals. Roll on HSC (High-Speed Canal).

Comment by: Rev David Long on 4th April 2020 at 10:55

There was a proposal in the 1940s/50s to build a Grand Contour Canal along the 300' contour line across and down the country - providing both a lock-free Continental-sized barge canal, and a means of transporting water from the wet north to the south. We decided to build roads and close our railways instead....

Comment by: John G on 4th April 2020 at 11:22

DTease/ Alan: When I was at the Hospital they sent me on a course for a week to Manchester.
I arrived at Sutton station in St Helens for 7:30am to go to picadilli station Manchester.
The train came down the line on time but as it stopped at the station no one got off and no one could get on, it was an engine and two carridges full to the rafters.
I said to the station master, ""What do I do now I have to be there for Nine, he said catch the next one in 20mins, and get off at Newton le Willows, wait there for 20mins and get on the train coming from Wales.
He said they never put on enough carridges, I said has any one told them, he said "every single day," now that cost me nearly £80 for the week.

Comment by: Philip G. on 4th April 2020 at 12:11

I love the 'metre bridge', so quickly made,
And how it speeds the tote of country folk
- their hands like arid plains, holding wild and varied forms -
Yet on the rising bud such heartfelt lines with flowing poppycock tales.

And how its dying, leafy sprawl becomes a welcome, shed, for hungry mites -
Most fair, when past the giving-bays.

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