Notes: Saughall station was in the curious position of being within Wales, yet it took its name from a neighbouring parish in England. The station was closer to the village of Sealand, and within its parish. Sealand’s station was a mile-and-a-half west of the village, but close to Sealand RAF base which it was intended to serve.
what became Hawarden Bridge to make a connection with the WMCQR line. With the opening of the MSLR line a route between Chester and Wrexham had been created which could compete with the 1846 Great Western Railway (GWR) route between the two towns.
||Saughall station was situated on the Manchester, Sheffield & Lincolnshire Railways (MSLR) Chester Northgate to Hawarden Bridge line which opened on 31st March 1890 and provided a connection to the Wrexham Mold & Connah’s Quay Railway (WM&CQR). The WMCQR line ran from Wrexham to Shotton. The MSLR had to cross the River Dee at
An avoiding line was also built to the east at Chester so that trains could pass from west to east through the city and onto the Cheshire Lines Committee’s (CLC) Chester and Manchester line without having to reverse at Chester Northgate. However the avoiding line was generally used only by goods and excursion services.
and overhanging gables. The building was on the eastbound platform, north of the line. The westbound platform was provided with a simple waiting shelter.
|Saughall station was opened with the line. The route was double-track and the station, which was on the east side of a bridge where Seahill Road crossed over the line, had two platforms. Access was via a driveway which led to a generously proportioned, two-storey brick station building with attractive ‘Stockbroker Tudor’ black-and-white pseudo half-timber decoration
There was a small goods yard comprising two sidings running behind the up platform. The sidings passed either side of a cattle dock with a 5-ton crane.
There were six railway cottages at the east end of the goods yard.
At the time of opening Saughall was served by four trains in each direction between Chester Northgate Station and Wrexham Central.
service was extended to Seacombe & Egremont on the west bank of the River Mersey where a ferry terminal offered a service to Liverpool. The new service provided Saughall passengers with a link to Liverpool.
||On 16th March 1896 the MSLR and WMCQR opened a line from Hawarden Bridge to a junction with the Wirral Railway (WR) at Bidston. Agreement had been reached with the WR that MSLR/WMCQR trains could operate on their system. A passenger service was introduced on 18th May 1896 between Chester Northgate and Bidston. On 1st May 1898 the
travelled to Chester Northgate.
|On 1st August 1897 the MSLR changed its name to the Great Central Railway (GCR). On 1st January 1905 the GCR absorbed the WMCQR giving it complete control of the entire route to Wrexham and to Birkenhead. In 1906 five trains per day ran to Seacombe & Egremont on weekdays. More services ran to Wrexham Central, and all eastbound trains
From 1st January 1923 Saughall station was administered by the London & North Eastern Railway (LNER) but train service patterns were unaltered.
in a remote location it was not well used, and British Railways closed it completely on 1st February 1954.
||On 1st January 1948 Saughall became part of the nationalised British Railways’ Eastern Region. However, some months later the ex-LNER system of lines in the Wirral and NE Wales was reallocated to the London Midland Region. The station continued to be served by trains to Seacombe & Egremont, to Wrexham Central and to Chester Northgate but being
Passenger services continued to pass through the station site running between Chester Northgate and New Brighton and between Chester Northgate and Wrexham until they were withdrawn on 9th September 1968.
between both platforms, at the west end being adjacent to the former westbound platform and at the east end being adjacent to the former eastbound platform. The reason for this was that only the better sections of track were used. The reopening was short-lived, and the line closed again in June 1992. The track was mothballed for a while, but it was lifted before the end of the decade. In 2000 a footpath and cycleway was opened along the course of the line. At the site of Saughall station the platforms were extant in 2011. The track bed through Saughall station now forms part of the 8-mile Chester - Connah's Quay railway path part of National Cycle Network Route 5.
|The line continued to be used by goods traffic between Hawarden Bridge Junction and Mickle Trafford until 20th April 1984. The station had remained extant until this time but the main building was demolished some time before 1986. On 31st August 1986 the line reopened, again only for goods services, but as a single-track line. At Saughall station the line weaved
Tickets from Michael Stewart, route map drawn by Alan Young, timetable from Chris Totty
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Chester Northgate, Chester Liverpool Road,
Blacon, Sealand, Chester Junction Golf Club Platform, Chester Golf Club Halt, Hope High Level, Rhosddu, Wrexham Exchange, Wrexham Central
See also stations between Chester Junction and Bidston
Birkenhead Junction Golf Club Platform, Sealand Rifle Range Halt, Burton Point, Storeton
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