The 8D Association

The 8D Association is dedicated to promoting the history of the railways of South Lancashire and North Cheshire.

The Association is open to anybody who has an interest in the area.

The Association covers lines within a ten mile radius of the 

Widnes Locomotive Depot (8D).

Please note, due to unforeseen circumstances,  the CLC between Hunts Cross and Liverpool tour has been cancelled. The tour was planned for Saturday 23 June and will be re-scheduled for later in the year.



The new book, Merseyside Traction, by 8D Secretary Doug Birmingham is now on sale.

Click here for a review and purchasing information 

Updates and developments

The 2017 editions of On Shed, The 8D Association Journal,
 are now available here

The programme of 2018 outdoor events are now available here

A wonderful shot of Sutton Oak shed on a sunny Sunday 24 April 1938 along with a great line up of L.M.S. locomotives. The shed was coded 24 at this point in time and would be known under several different identities before becoming 8G in 1958. Seen here in its 1880 as built condition prior to the 1950 re-building which saw the roof replaced and a large brick screen built over the entrance.
Photographer unknown. 

A view from the former Halton station of Frodsham box and some of its associated semaphore signals on Friday 9 February 2018. When the final passenger train of the day passed at 23:57, 1D48 Manchester Piccadilly to Chester, the box was switched out to allow engineers to remove the lever frame and install a new TEW IFS panel. At the same time all semaphore's were removed and replaced with LED colour light signals, all part of the re-introduction of passenger services along the Halton Curve (which runs to the right hand side of the box) the box re-opened on 19 February. A new crossover was also installed to allow trains coming down the Halton Curve (from Runcorn) to access the Up Helsby line. The line however still cannot be used in the Halton Junction to Frodsham direction and will only be available when the box at Halton Junction closes under the Weaver to Wavertree re-singalling scheme due to be completed in May 2018.
Photo by Terry Callaghan

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Dedicated to promoting the history of the railways of South Lancashire and North Cheshire.
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