Thursday 16 June 2011


Photo: Alan Wilkinson
Here's a marvellously evocative photograph of a steam train entering the Middlewich loop on the 3rd July 1964. Railway enthusiasts will not need to be told that the engine is a Fowler 4F. This one is number 44079 and it's hauling a coal train from Silverdale colliery to Northwich. The area behind the signal and to the right of the train is the proposed site for the new Middlewich Station. Although the old station has gone and the old semaphore signals have been replaced by modern colour lights, the Middlewich loop, which enables two trains to pass on the otherwise single line between Sandbach and Northwich, is still very much in business.

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