Mark Lomas has kindly sent some photographs from his collection, of railway scenes around Whaley Bridge. Many of these pictures are from the early part of the 20th century when the railway was operated by the London, North Western Railway Company.
Engine, crew and platelayers. 0-6-2 Locomotive 1590 was built in 1898 to the design of F Webb. It was withdrawn from service in June 1928
An arrival from Manchester. The unidentified engine is a "Precursor" class 4-4-2 locomotive built by the LNWR between 1906 and 1909. The last of this class was withdrawn in 1940.
A Manchester bound train approaches. The full length women's dresses suggest that this photograph is from the first decade of the 20th century. The water tower was at the northern end of the station spanning a siding. The Locomotive a Webb designed "Coal Tank" was built in December 1881. It remained in service until 1955.
Water supply for the tank came from a small reservoir higher up the hillside. Not the brazier to prevent the water from freezing in frosty weather.
The water tower and, on the left, the small goods shed. Most goods traffic at WhaleyBridge was handled at the Shallcross Yard at Horwich End.
The station staff pose for the cameraman.
Whaley Bridge Station in the 1950s. The view from the signal box.
The view from the footbridge as a Buxton bound train arrives.
Posing by the weighbridge
An early version of containerisation.
A goods train heads south in 1959.
Manchester bound in 1959