The Remains of Britain's Steam Age Railway
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Hadlow Road Station first station out of Hooton on the Birkenhead Railway West Kirby branch, now a popular stopping off point for walkers and cyclists. 02/09/2014
Hadlow Road Station 02/09/2014
Hadlow Road Station 02/09/2014
Hadlow Road Station 02/09/2014
Hadlow Road Station 02/09/2014
Hadlow Road Signal Box, originally at Hassal Green on the North Staffordshire Sandbach to Stoke line. 02/09/2014
Hooton Station, Birkenhead Railway between Chester and Birkenhead, junction for West Kirby, the branch platforms are hidden in the trees on the right. 02/09/2014
Hooton Station 02/09/2014
Hooton Station looking towards Chester. 02/09/2014
Hooton Station looking towards Birkenhead. 02/09/2014
Hooton Station, branch platform for trains from West Kirby looking towards Birkenhead. 02/09/2014
Hooton Station 02/09/2014
Thurstaston Station, intermediate station between Hooton and West Kirby, looking south to Hooton. The steps on the right that are post closure lead straight to the beach with panoramic views of North Wales, a very popular spot. 02/09/2014
Thurstaston Station looking towards Hooton. 02/09/2014
Underbridge on the West Kirby line at Caldy 02/09/2014
The Wirral Railway's West Kirby Station, nicely original and well patronised. The Birkenhead Joint Station from Hooton was slightly East of herebut has now been swept away. 02/09/2014
West Kirby Station. 02/09/2014
West Kirby Station, looking towards Bidston and Birkenhead. 02/09/2014
West Kirby Station. 02/09/2014
West Kirby Station. 02/09/2014
I cycled the route from Hotton to West Kirby, so the next set of photographs are taken on the return. Overbridge near Caldy. 02/09/2014
Looking towards Hooton, Neston South Station was the other side of the viaduct, this carries the Great Central's Chester-Bidston line abd the still open Neston North Station is just off the viaduct to the left. 02/09/2014
This cutting near Neston was a real surprise, most of the route is relatively flat with few major engineering works, yet this would have been a huge task to heave the route out of the rock. 02/09/2014
Cutting near Neston 02/09/2014
Cutting near Neston 02/09/2014
Hadlow Road Station 02/09/2014
A couple of days later I took my bike to Chester to cycle the Great Central route to Shotton, starting on the Cheshire Lines Committee route into Chester at Mickle Trafford. This very attractive overbridge is on the CLC in Chester. 04/09/2014
This view is looking at the Birkenhead Railway's route into Chester. 04/09/2014
Turning round to the north this is the CLC bridge over the Birkenhead Railway. 04/09/2014
Now on the Great Central route these overbridges are near the site of Liverpool Road Station. 04/09/2014
Overbridge seen in the previous shot. 04/09/2014
Blacon Station looking towards Shotton. 04/09/2014
Blacon Station. 04/09/2014
Blacon Station. 04/09/2014
Site of Saughall Station looking West, 04/09/2014
Hawarden Swing Bridge, looking towards Wrexham, this is the GC route from Bidston, the junction with the Chester line is a short distance behind the camera. 04/09/2014
The rather basic Hawarden Bridge Halt, looking north, this is the view in the opposite direction to the shot above. 04/09/2014

Hawarden Swing Bridge, recieving some substantial maintenence.

http://www.amco-construction.co.uk/project/86/Hawarden-Swing-Bridge

The bridge has not swung for some time but barges carrying wings for Airbus A380's happily pass underneath. 04/09/2014

Shotton Low Level Station on the North Wales main line looking towards Chester, the bridge carries the Great Central's Chester-Wrexham line, to the right is Shotton High Level Station, just as sparse as the Low Level. 04/09/2014
Looking west along the North Wales Main Line, this is the site of Saltney Ferry Station, this was the junction for the LNWR's Mold line, which was at the beginning of the curve, on the left. On the left behind the trees is Mold Junction Engine Shed. 04/09/2014

Trackplan from 1939 showing Mold Junction Engine Shed and Saltney Bridge Station.
(c) Wild Swan

New use for the smoke hoods of Mold Junction Engine Shed. 04/09/2014
Looking across the roof of Mold Junction Engine Shed. 04/09/2014
Mold Junction Engine Shed, now a scrap merchants, and photography strictly prohibited. 07/09/2014
On the way back to Mickle Trafford, this is the considerably enlarged A55 bridge. 07/09/2014
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