Walkden from above

November 17, 2015

Thanks to FoWS member Mike Corless for this unusual view of the station taken from the tower of St Paul’s church.

It’s striking how green this part of Walkden appears when seen from above street level … you might think we live in the middle of a forest !

Walkden High Level from St Paul's

Picture courtesy of Mike Corless



Next FoWS Public Meeting

November 15, 2015

The next meeting of FoWS will be held this Wednesday 18th November starting at 7.30pm in Walkden Legion Club, on Wilfred Road, a few minutes walk from the station.

We hold meetings every 2 months, and they’re open not only to existing members but to anyone who has as interest in the station or our work.

If you’ve heard about our success in being awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service this year and would like to find out more, please come along … you are assured of a warm welcome !


Crowds welcome steam special at Walkden

November 1, 2015

Dozens of people turned out at Walkden to enjoy the rare sight of a steam train passing through the station this morning, in what we believe was the first visit of a “steamer” to Walkden since the final days of mainline steam on BR in 1967.

The misty morning only seemed to add to the atmosphere as “The Tin Bath” enthusiasts special, headed by two gleaming “Black 5’s”, was diverted via Walkden due to the over-running Farnworth tunnel engineering work.

Black 5's double-heading the "Tin Bath" special through Walkden station this morning

Black 5’s double-heading the “Tin Bath” special through Walkden station this morning


Steam train at Walkden tomorrow

October 31, 2015

There’s a rare treat for for steam fans as a steam special will pass through Walkden tomorrow (Sunday 1st Nov).

It’s an enthusiasts’ special called “The Tin Bath” and is schedule to pass through Walkden towards Manchester at 0951 in the morning behind two large “Black 5” locomotives.
For more details see the links below:

Winter flowers planted at Walkden

October 25, 2015

FoWS volunteers have been cutting back plants that have died down and installing some colourful cyclamen and pansies to brighten up the station gardens over winter.

Winter flowers at Walkden

As always, we want to publicly thank Salford City Council‘s Community Committee In Bloom scheme for their financial support which makes the upkeep of the station gardens possible.


Extra Walkden trains added to the autumn timetable

October 7, 2015

Some great news about several extra services included in the timetable that started this week:

  • Mon-Fri: there is now a 2238 direct from Manchester Piccadilly to Walkden. This runs in addition to the 2245 and 2320 departures from Victoria
  • Saturdays: Every hour one of the Southport-Manchester Airport trains diverted via Walkden because of the Farnworth tunnel works will be making a stop at Walkden, meaning there’s now a third train per hour to/from Manchester on Saturdays. This is probably the highest ever frequency of service that Walkden has enjoyed

Needless to say these are very welcome additions to our service and – even if they only turn out to be temporary while the Farnworth diversions are in place – we’re sure people will be only too pleased to take advantage of the extra seats and directly served destinations


Extra carriages on today’s Sunday trains

October 4, 2015

We were delighted to see 4 carriages (and none of them Pacers) on all today’s services, providing comfortable accommodation for the ever popular Sunday trains.

Let’s hope Northern can keep this up for the run in to Christmas when Sunday trains get notoriously busy.


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