Line News & Events

  • RMT Strike Action

    8th July 2017 - 10th July 2017

    The RMT have announced three days of industrial action starting Saturday 8th July 2017 which will affect services on our line ....

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  • Flying Scotsman

    13th June 2017

    The Flying Scotsman passed through Frodsham and Helsby on Tuesday evening just after 6pm .....

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  • Lone Rider

    10th June 2017

    Enjoy the story of a Lone Rider in North Cheshire as published on RailwayWorld.net .....

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  • Manchester Victoria

    30th May 2017

    Following the Manchester bomb atrocity, Manchester Victoria station is now open again .....

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  • Wrexham to Chester Line

    5th April 2017

    The Wrexham to Chester railway line upgrade is finally complete after major delays ....

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  • Mid Cheshire Line Music Trains

    Announcing the tenth year of Music Trains on the Mid Cheshire Line ....

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History of the Halton Curve

The History of Halton Curve detailed in "The Birkenhead Railway" by T.B.Maud published by the RCTS.

"The London North Western Railways (LNWR) high level bridge across the Mersey", (otherwise the Queen Ethelfreda Bridge), "  between Runcorn and Widnes was opened on 1st February 1869 and  that company's answer to the inadequacy of the ferry facilities at Birkenhead was the new line from Frodsham Junction to Halton Junction which was authorised by the LNWR (Additional Facilities ) Act 1869 and opened on 1st May 1873. The rail distance between Chester and Liverpool (Lime Street) was considerably shortened and the principle North Wales trains were routed over this line instead of to Birkenhead.

However this line was authorised only after concessions had been made to the GWR who opposed it vigorously, in its original form, because of the loss of the Joint Liverpool traffic.  As compensation for  the high cost of the Runcorn Bridge, the Railway and Canal Commissioners had permitted the LNW to charge for an additional six miles equivalent  to the distance via Warrington and a variation of the same principle  was now applied to the Frodsham - Halton Junction curve. Section 8 of the 1869 Act empowered the Joint to charge a toll on all traffic passing from the Joint line on the LNWR over the curve and at a meeting between the General Managers on the 26th March 1873, the following rates were agreed."

"On passenger and goods traffic carried between Lime Street and other Liverpool stations , including Edge Hill and Frodsham the toll to be as for four miles, Helsby six miles and Dunham seven miles. Passenger and goods traffic between Chester and  stations on the Joint line between  Frodsham and Edge Hill ( excluding the latter but including Widnes) were charged the actual mileage rate."


Main Line trains over Halton Curve!

An interesting document has been created by our Member Bob Florence which details the movements of two trains from Birmingham to Liverpool and return and features the times at various points during the journey.

The locomotive numbers are shown, train times and passing times, enjoy.

Click here to view

Railway Magazine - December 2004

It is interesting to note that in the December 2004 issue of the Railway Magazine the expected cost of reinstatement was estimated at £3m and now, in 2016, it is nearer £20m!

Click here to view the article

Historic Timetables from 1938

Find below reproductions of historic timetables from 1938:

Click here   Chester to Liverpool - via Halton Curve

Click here   Liverpool to Chester - via Halton Curve

Click here   Chester to Manchester (includes many long closed stations)

Click here   Manchester to Chester (includes many long closed stations)

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