Railways

Acton Grange Wharf

Acton Grange Wharf Prior to the opening of St John's Church in Walton, Acton Grange was in the parish and so I feel that it should be included. I am only going to concentrate on the first company based here, Richard Evans and Sons Ltd, although there...
Birkenhead, Lancashire and Cheshire Junction Railway

Birkenhead, Lancashire and Cheshire Junction Railway

One of the main routes opened was from Chester to Walton Junction just south of Warrington in 1850 to link the Chester and Birkenhead Railway to the London and North Western Railway at Walton. The BLCJR merged with the Chester and Birkenhead ...
Daresbury Station

Daresbury Station

Daresbury station served the Birkenhead, Lancashire and Cheshire Joint Railways. It opened on 18 December 1850 and was originally called Moore. But this caused confusion with our other station, so the name was changed to Daresbury by 1855. The station...
Early Plans to Cross the Mersey by Rail

Early Plans to Cross the Mersey by Rail

Today the London and North Western Railway crosses the Mersey at Runcorn. Ethelfleda’s bridge (also known as Britannia’s bridge) was opened in 1868. But there were plans to take the railway across the river nearly forty years earlier. These pla...
Grand Junction Railway

Grand Junction Railway

This was one of the early railway companies who wanted to create a long distance route north (82 miles) from Birmingham. Authorised by an act of Parliament in 1833, designed by the great Robert Stephenson and Joseph Locke, it opened in 1837. Starting...
Manchester Ship Canal Railway Company

Manchester Ship Canal Railway Company

As the canal was in the process of being built, there were at its height over 200 miles of temporary track, more than 6000 wagons and 180 locomotives. This was for a canal of 36 miles in length. Sadly, the main contractor, Thomas Walker, died...
Moore Station

Moore Station

The present parish had three railway stations - Preston Brook, Moore and Daresbury. Confusingly, Daresbury station was in Moore too. There also was a fourth, Walton Junction, that lasted for around a year. As this is in Acton Grange since 1879 it has ...
Preston Brook Station

Preston Brook Station

Opened in 1837, without platforms(!), by the Grand Junction Railway, and surviving until 1948 for passenger use, this country station's closure finally came in the late 1950's. Two platforms were added by the 1870's with typical single storey buildings...
Walton Junction Station

Walton Junction Station

The picture above looking towards Warrington from Bellhouse Lane is a possible station site. The station existed for no more than a year, perhaps when the BCLJR did not have access to the old Warrington Bank Quay station. There is no sign of the station,...