The 8D Association

Ghost Train Trip.

Helbsy To Ellesmere Port.

25th August 2012.

All pictures and text by Les Fifoot.

Helsby Station complete with signal box on the platform looking towards Ellesmere Port.

On Saturday 25th August, five of our members met at Helsby station to take a return trip to Ellesmere Port on another of Cheshire's Parliamentary Trains. 

The current rail service is operated from Monday to Saturday, departing Helsby at 06:03, 06:33 15:17 and 15:48. Upon arrival at Ellesmere Port the driver 
changes cabs, and the return service departs approximately 5 minutes later for the return trip to Helsby. The second and final return trains terminate at Warrington Bank Quay. The journey between Helsby and Ellesmere Port take approximately 12 minutes including 2 stops at intermediate stations.

156440 awaits departure from Helsby with the 15:17 service to Ellesmere Port.

We caught the 15:17 train consisting of Northern Rail unit 156440, which had run empty stock from Liverpool to Helsby. The two intermediate stations on the route are, Ince and Elton, and Stanlow and Thornton, the latter is in the middle of the Essar Stanlow oil refinery complex. Like other Parliamentary train services the limited schedule is of no use to most potential travellers, and we were the only passengers in both directions. We also watched the 15:48 leave, and that was empty.

The connecting service for Liverpool 507032 stands next to 156440 at 
Ellesmere Port.

Ince and Elton station on the return working.

Apart from the limited passenger service, there is little freight over the line, however Quinn Glass of Elton are in the process of installing freight facilities to bring in raw materials for their glass manufacturing process. So it's possible that the line could see a significant increase in traffic in the near future.

156440 at Stanlow and Thornton station on the return working.

The 8D members on the platform at Helsby.

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