1970 - 1990


[Source: Paul Wright]
 
Widnes Number 7 signal box seen on 20 May 1976. The eastern ramp of the Widnes South down platform can be seen to the right.
Photo by Nigel Mundy


A Hope Sidings to Widnes Hutchinson Street Yard train heads west through Widnes South Station in 1977. The train is hauled by a Class 40 which would have brought it all the way from Hope via Chinley, Northenden and Warrington Arpley. It is nearly at its journey's end as Hutchinson Street Yard was situated close to Widnes South station on the west side of Victoria Road. The waggons would be deposited at Hutchinson Street Yard from where they would be trip worked to two Widnes locations. Some of them would be taken to the Turners Asbestos Factory at Farnworth and Bold and some would go to the Blue Circle Cement works at Tanhouse Lane. Both trips would see the waggons pass through Widnes South yet again but in the other direction and taking the St Helens line, seen veering off to the right adjacent to the locomotive.
Photo by Paul Wright

Looking west at Widnes South station in the 1970s. Both platforms were extant at this time.
Photo by David Lennon


After complete closure of Widnes South the street level building was rented out for commercial use. This was the station looking north-east on 2 January 1982 when it was 'Station Motors'.
Photo by John Mann


Widnes South looking west on 2 January 1982. Half of the down platform had been demolished to facilitate track work associated with the closure of the St Helens line.
Photo by John Mann


Looking east from the site of the Widnes South down platform in early May 1982.
Photo by Paul Wright

Widnes South looking west in late May 1982 after the junction at the east end of the station had been removed. Widnes Number 7 signal box was demolished shortly after.
Photo by Graham Earle


The Widnes South up platform in the summer of 1986.
Photo by Paul Wright


Widnes South station seen from Victoria Road in the summer of 1986.
Photo by Paul Wright


By 1988 the Widnes South station building had become the 'Halton Mini Centre'.
Photo by Richard Mercer


Widnes South station looking west in 1990.
Photo by Les Fifoot


British Railways Class 31 locomotive No.31 423 is seen passing through Widnes South station heading west on 22 June 1990. The locomotive is wearing the Inter-City livery of that time.
Photo by John Wilson

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[Source: Paul Wright]




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