Archive for November, 2015


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