Walkden Signal Box and Walkden Station

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Walkden Signal box on the atherton line is it normal for trains to stop here as the Kirkby train stopped here today and ive used the line for 15+years yet never see a train stop outside there other than at one other time. the driver of the Kirkby train seemed to be having a conversation with the signal box man we where stopped here for 3 plus minutes and also had 3 wheelchair users yet still arrived a minute early into Victoria.

Also to my amusement Walkden Platform announcements Pronounces Kirk-By rather than a silent k as normally heard at other stations.
 
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Then perhaps it was the signaller who wanted to relay a message to the 150 driver, IIRC there are very few SPTs along the route given it's all semaphore.

It's always a pleasure travelling the Swinton line, I grew up a few yards away from Swinton station. I still enjoy waiting for my train at Walkden and watching the Semaphores get pulled, the line has a really nice atmosphere. It will be a shame when the semaphores and boxes finally go :(

Incidentally there seems to be a fair bit of construction gear (equipment and supplies) at the far end of the platforms of most of the stations on the route, I take it they are refurbishing them to reinstate a full platform length?

Phil 8-)
 

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Then perhaps it was the signaller who wanted to relay a message to the 150 driver, IIRC there are very few SPTs along the route given it's all semaphore.

It's always a pleasure travelling the Swinton line, I grew up a few yards away from Swinton station. I still enjoy waiting for my train at Walkden and watching the Semaphores get pulled, the line has a really nice atmosphere. It will be a shame when the semaphores and boxes finally go :(

Incidentally there seems to be a fair bit of construction gear (equipment and supplies) at the far end of the platforms of most of the stations on the route, I take it they are refurbishing them to reinstate a full platform length?

Phil 8-)

Platform extensions yes, reinstating a full platform length no. Swinton and Walkden are the last two under that contract, though there are works still to do to finish some of the others.
 

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Walkden Signal box on the atherton line is it normal for trains to stop here as the Kirkby train stopped here today and ive used the line for 15+years yet never see a train stop outside there other than at one other time. the driver of the Kirkby train seemed to be having a conversation with the signal box man we where stopped here for 3 plus minutes and also had 3 wheelchair users yet still arrived a minute early into Victoria.

Also to my amusement Walkden Platform announcements Pronounces Kirk-By rather than a silent k as normally heard at other stations.

Walkden SB, Atherton Goods Yard SB, Crow Nest Jct SB - all due to go 2012/13. Also Blackrod Junction SB where Preston PSB will link up to Manchester SCC.
 
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