The railway between Southport and Wigan was closed for the week from 18.3.2024 to 22.3.2024 with passenger services being replaced by rail replacement buses.

The down track between Culvert Lane and Deans Lane near Hoscar, the down track is on the Wigan to Southport side.

66504 Culvert Lane LC 6Y53 18.3.2024
Freight liner diesel locomotive 66504 trundles slowly towards Culvert Lane level crossing between Parbold and Hoscar with a train of empty wagons that will be loaded with removed old ballast. The train is running on the up line, Southport to Wigan as the down line is being relayed. The train left Crewe Basford Hall at 06.10 this morning and is arriving here at 09.30 hrs running under head code or train reporting number 6Y53. The railway between Southport and Wigan is closed for the week from 18.3.2024 to 22.3.2024 with passenger services being replaced by rail replacement buses. Beyond the locomotive are the two church spires of Our Lady and All Saints RC Church and a bit further away, Christ Church, Douglas – in – Parbold. The date is 18.3.2024
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66597 Dean Lane 6Y52 18.3.2024
Freight liner diesel locomotive 66597 stands at Dean Lane level crossing between Hoscar and Parbold with a train of lifted track and sleepers. The train is standing on the up line, Southport to Wigan as the down line is being relayed. The train left Crewe Basford Hall just before midnight the day before and has been loaded overnight. The train is running under head code or train reporting number 6Y52. The railway between Southport and Wigan is closed for the week from 18.3.2024 to 22.3.2024 with passenger services being replaced by rail replacement buses. The date is 18.3.2024
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150225 2F45 and 66523 Warpers Moss Lane 19.3.2024.
Freightliner diesel locomotive 66523 stands at between Sutch Lane level crossing and the bridge carrying the Preston to Ormskirk railway in Burscough in West Lancashire. The freight train is here as part of the relaying of track further up the line between Hoscar and Parbold. By this time in the weeks long project there was a long line of freight and engineering trains stabled between Burscough Bridge station and Sutch Lane level crossing. The Northern train crossing the bridge is unit 150225 as the 11.10 service from Preston to Ormskirk. The railway between Southport and Wigan is closed for the week from 18.3.2024 to 22.3.2024 with passenger services being replaced by rail replacement buses. The date is 19.3.2024
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156403 2F48 and 66504 at Burscough Bridge 19.3.2024.
Northern’s 14.10 service from Preston to Ormskirk crosses over a long line of engineering trains at Burscough Bridge on Tuesday the 19.3.2024. The bridge carries the Preston to Ormskirk railway in Burscough in West Lancashire. The freight trains are here as part of the relaying of track further up the line between Hoscar and Parbold. By this time in the week-long project there was a long line of freight and engineering trains stabled between Burscough Bridge station and Sutch Lane level crossing. The locomotive on this side of the bridge is Freightliner owned 66504 and beyond the bridge can just been seen 66523. The railway between Southport and Wigan is closed for the week from 18.3.2024 to 22.3.2024 with passenger services being replaced by rail replacement buses. The date is 19.3.2024
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66504 and 66523 at Burscough Bridge 19.3.2024.
A long line of engineering trains stand beside Burscough Bridge junction signal box in West Lancashire. The freight trains are here as part of the relaying of track further up the line between Hoscar and Parbold. By this time in the week-long project there was a long line of freight and engineering trains stabled between Burscough Bridge station and Sutch Lane level crossing. The bridge over the dip carries the Preston to Ormskirk railway in Burscough in West Lancashire. The Preston to Ormskirk line was opened in April 1849 and the Southport to Wigan line 6 years later in April 1855, so that may be why there is the dip in the track to get under the bridge? On the other side of the bridge the line rises sharply again to get over the Rufford branch of the Leeds and Liverpool canal which was opened in 1781. The signal box has junction as part of its name as it used to control lines that linked both the Southport to Wigan and Preston to Ormskirk lines via the Burscough Curves, removed in the 1970’s and 1980’s. The locomotive on this side of the bridge is Freightliner owned 66504 and beyond the bridge can just been seen 66523. The railway between Southport and Wigan is closed for the week from 18.3.2024 to 22.3.2024 with passenger services being replaced by rail replacement buses. The date is 19.3.2024
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66784 and 66726 at Sutch Lane LC 20.3.2024
A long line of engineering trains stands between Sutch Lane level crossing and Burscough Bridge station in West Lancashire. The freight trains are here as part of the relaying of track further up the line between Hoscar and Parbold. By this time in the week-long project there was a long line of freight and engineering trains stabled between Burscough Bridge station and Sutch Lane level crossing. This is 66784 and just over the hill is 66726. The dip on the other side of the hill enables this line to go under the Preston to Ormskirk railway which is a bit further along in Burscough in West Lancashire. The Preston to Ormskirk line was opened in April 1849 and the Southport to Wigan line 6 years later in April 1855, so that may be why there is the dip in the track to get under the bridge? Once the line has got under the Preston to Ormskirk line it rises sharply again to get over the Rufford branch of the Leeds and Liverpool canal which was opened in 1781 which is the reason for this hill. The railway between Southport and Wigan is closed for the week from 18.3.2024 to 22.3.2024 with passenger services being replaced by rail replacement buses. The date is 19.3.2024
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66559 stands at Burscough Bridge empty ballast wagons 20.3.2024

In the damp gloom of the 1st day of spring 2024 Freightliner locomotive 66559 stands at Burscough Bridge station in West Lancashire.

This freight train is here as part of the relaying of track further up the line between Hoscar and Parbold.

This locomotive had brought its train of ballast wagons from the yard at Basford Hall in Crewe departing at 22.36hrs yesterday.

The ballast was discharged on the relayed section of line overnight, and was followed by a 2nd train doing the same job. 

The railway between Southport and Wigan is closed for the week from 18.3.2024 to 22.3.2024 with passenger services being replaced by rail replacement buses.

The date is 20.3.2024

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66544 and 66596 arrive in Burscough Bridge with empty ballast wagons 20.3.2024.
In the gloom of the first day of spring 2024 Freightliner locomotive no 66544 slowly arrives to stable up behind another empty ballast train at Burscough Bridge junction signal box in West Lancashire. These freight trains are here as part of the relaying of track further up the line between Hoscar and Parbold. This train came from the yard at Basford Hall near Crewe in Cheshire loaded with fresh ballast stone which it has dropped on the new section of track overnight. The train left Basford Hall at 01.39 this morning with another locomotive no 66596 on the rear which will take the empties back to Crewe in a couple of days’ time. The bridge over the dip carries the Preston to Ormskirk railway in Burscough in West Lancashire. The Preston to Ormskirk line was opened in April 1849 and the Southport to Wigan line 6 years later in April 1855, so that may be why there is the dip in the track to get under the bridge? On the other side of the bridge the line rises sharply again to get over the Rufford branch of the Leeds and Liverpool canal which was opened in 1781. The signal box has junction as part of its name as it used to control lines that linked both the Southport to Wigan and Preston to Ormskirk lines via the Burscough Curves, removed in the 1970’s and 1980’s. The railway between Southport and Wigan is closed for the week from 18.3.2024 to 22.3.2024 with passenger services being replaced by rail replacement buses. The date is 20.3.2024
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769442 at Culvert Lane 23.3.2024
Northern train no 769442 passes over the new track at Culvert Lane level crossing between Parbold and Hoscar on the first day of normal passenger services after the renewing of the track. The train is running on the down line, the Wigan to Southport side which was the only side that got relayed in this week long project. The service it is working is the 09.27 departure from Manchester Oxford Road to Southport, here passing Culvert Lane at 10.32, running under head code or train reporting number 2W08. The railway between Southport and Wigan was closed for the week from 18.3.2024 to 22.3.2024 with passenger services being replaced by rail replacement buses. The date is Saturday the 23.3.2024
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66726 over the Rufford Arm 19.3.2024.
GBRF diesel locomotive no 66726 is reflected in the waters of the Rufford Arm of the Leeds and Liverpool canal near Burscough in West Lancashire. The loco is stabled between two trains of ballast wagons as part of the relaying of track further up the line between Hoscar and Parbold. The locomotive carries the name Sheffield Wednesday after the football team. The railway between Southport and Wigan is closed for the week from 18.3.2024 to 22.3.2024 with passenger services being replaced by rail replacement buses. The date is 19.3.2024
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