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The LNWR Widnes Deviation in pictures.

We have an ever expanding collection of photographs on the Deviation line with new photographs and ones not used on the main page shown here.

Starting from Widnes West Deviation signal box we work our way along this short line to Carterhouse Junction signal box.


A pair of Class 37 locos coming off the Deviation line at Widnes West Junction they will now join the original Garston extension line and head under the West Coast Main Line Liverpool Branch before arriving at Ditton Junction.
Date Unknown.
Photo by Peter Sherlock.


Riddles Standard Class 5 4-6-0 73050 is seen heading down the Western section of the Deviation with a train load of 16t mineral wagons. 73050 was delivered new to Bath Green Park depot in April 1954 the loco lasted just over 14 years in traffic being withdrawn from Fleetwood in June 1968. The loco was subsequently preserved and is now an operational loco at the Nene Valley Railway it carries the name City of Peterborough.
April 1967.
Photo by Les Fifoot.



A triple headed light loco movement starting the ascent up to Widnes South station from West Deviation probably working back to Heaton Mesey depot. The diesel shunter to the left was working the Hutchinson Street yard adjacent to the Deviation line.
1968.
Photo by Les Fifoot.



B.R. Standard Riddles 9F Class 2-10-0 gains the Deviation line at Widnes West running light engine towards Warrington. New to traffic on 31st October 1954 tto Wellingborough depot the loco was withdrawn in June 1967 and cut up by Motherwell Machinery and Scrap, Wishaw in January 1968.
1967.
Photo by Les Fifoot.




Descending the bank from Widnes South is 31 434 on the trip working from Arpley to Folly lane with empty salt hoppers from Roche Pharmaceuticals at Dalry. The now rather overgrown remains of the once busy yard at Hutchinson Street can be seen to the right of the loco. Deliverd new as D5686 on 9th February 1961 the loco was rebuilt due to poor performance of the power units on 11th September 1965. Reclassified under TOPS as 31258 it was converted to Electric Train Heating in the 1980's receiving the number 31 434 which it carried until it was withdrawn on 1st November 1998. The loco was cut up at C F Booth, Rotherham in April 2003.
January 1998.
Photo by Terry Callaghan.


Another Stanier 8F 2-8-0 descends the bank from Widnes South with a train load of vans.
April 1968.
Photo by Les Fifoot.



A B.R. Standard 9F 2-10-0 viewed from the east end of Hutchinson Street yard just after crossing the bridge over Victoria Road travelling light engine towards Ditton.
1967.
Photo by Les Fifoot.



37 890 is seen on an engineers train towards the top of the incline at Widnes South station passing Carterhouse Junctions distant signal. New to traffic as D6868 on 4th October 1963 the loco was renumbered 37 168 under the 1973 TOPS scheme and was reclassified a 37/7 in 1985 being renumbered 37 890. The loco was cut up by Ron Hull Jr, Rotherham in around 2002/3.
1997.
Photo by Terry Callaghan.


A split headcode Class 40 approaching Widnes South station with the Earles Sidings to Hutchison Street cement working. The tankers would then be tripped back along the deviation line but would take the connection visible at the rear of the loco along the ex SH & RGR line reversing at Widnes No1 box and into Tanhouse Yard. This working would end with a new connection with the deviation line controlled by the nearby Carterhouse Junction box and allow the closure of the southern end of the ex SH & RGR
1977.
Photo by Paul Wright.


The Arpley to Folly Lane trip of empty salt hoppers is seen again here passing through the platforms of the closed Widnes South station with a 31/4 'skinhead' in charge. The line levels through the station and then drops sharply towards Widnes West Deviation Junction.
Jan 1998.
Photo by Terry Callaghan.



60 049 is pictured at the same location with a empty MGR train from Fiddlers Ferry Power station to Liverpool Bulk Terminal.
1997.
Photo by Terry Callaghan.

 

Also pictured passing through the station light engine is 40 145. This loco was delivered new as D345 to Neville Hill depot on 17th May 1961 and was renumbered 40 145 in the 1973 TOPS scheme. The loco was withdrawn on 10th June 1983 and was subsequently preserved by the Class 40 preservation Society. The loco was registered for main line duties and has had a successful number of railtours. At present it is being overhauled by Harry Needle Railroad Company but should be back out on the main line soon.
12th July 2003.
Photo by John Wilson.


60 095 is seen on an empty MGR working from Fiddlers Ferry Power station to Liverpool Bulk Terminal passing the site of 8D Shed which was situated to the right of the loco.
1997.
Photo by Terry Callaghan.


60 005 Skiddaw approaching the junction for Tanhouse Yard with a Liverpool Bulk Terminal to Fiddlers Ferry Power station MGR working. The connection with Tanhouse Yard was removed following the closure of the Blue Circle Cement terminal in Tanhouse Lane.
1998.
Photo by Terry Callaghan.


With the trackbed of the former entrance from the Deviation to Tanhouse Yard in the foreground Network Rail unit 950001 passes with a Liverpool Lime Street to Latchford sidings working.
26th October 2012.
Photo by Paul Wright.

 
60 086 is now on the descent down to Carterhouse Junction where it would come off the deviation line and on to the original Warrington extension. The train is the trip working of caustic soda from the new loading facility at Ineos Chlor, Folly Lane to Arpley.
1st September 2006.
Photo by Terry Callaghan.



Standard Riddles 9F 2-10-0 92218 hauling a railtour onto the Deviation line at Carterhouse Junction.To be compared with the next two pictures.
1968.
Photo by Les Fifoot.


Network Rail's 950001 was also photographed at Carterhouse junction coming off the Deviation line on its run through to Latchford.
26th October 2012.
Photo by Robert Callaghan.


66 095 at the head of the Ferry Go Round railtour coming off the Deviation line at the eastern end at Carterhouse Junction. 8D member and contributor to the site John Wilson was at the controls for the run and several members of 8D were also passengers on the train. See the Ferry Go Round Feature on the Site Visits 2012 page.
20th October 2012.
Photo by Robert Callaghan.

If you have any picture which are relevant to this line and would wish to contribute them to our site please send them to the8dassociation@sky.com. Please include a description and they will be shown here and fully credited.






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