Archive for April, 2017


Walkden art work complete – installation will be soon

April 22, 2017

Artist Mark Mennell has completed production of the art work for Walkden station and we are now just waiting for an installation date to be agreed with Northern (who are very kindly installing the work for free).

We look forward to announcing the actual installation date very soon and hope all station users will enjoy the 10 lovely pieces that Mark has designed for us.


More engineering works this weekend

April 22, 2017

Due to the Ordsall Chord work trains will not be able to use Manchester Victoria again this weekend: a reduced timetable is in operation with services diverted to Oxford Road instead:


Service changes over Easter

April 12, 2017

Please note Network Rail will be carrying out engineering work connected with the Ordsall Chord (the new piece of track that will allow trains to run directly from Victoria to Piccadilly via Salford Central and Deansgate) from Good Friday to Easter Monday, and a special timetable will operate from Walkden.

Of particular note, all Victoria services will operate to/from Oxford Road instead, and some (mainly late evening) services will be replaced by buses.


As always we recommend checking National Rail Enquiries before you travel.


Walkden station artworks … a sneak preview

April 1, 2017

We are delighted to offer a sneak preview of a couple of the draft designs that artist Mark Mennell has produced for FoWS.

The designs form part of a series of 8 steel panels that will be attached to the walls of the stairway at the station.

We think the designs, produced by Mark in collaboration with Art & Design students at Salford City College are gorgeous and can’t wait to see them installed – hopefully in the not too distant future.

The Walkden station art project has been made possible with generous financial assistance from Salford City Council‘s Community Committee and Recycle/Reward programmes, and Arriva Rail North‘s Community Rail programme.




When Deltics roamed the earth (and Walkden)

April 1, 2017

We’re not a train spotting club here at FoWS, but still think many people will enjoy seeing this photo from a day in 1981 when locomotive-hauled Liverpool-Newcastle expresses were diverted through Walkden bringing Britain’s biggest baddest diesel engines to town.

Our thanks to Keith Ingram for this photo of 55 015 “Tulyar” passing the old signal box on 14th June 1981.

If you have any photos of Walkden station in bygone days (with or without trains) that you’d like to share, please get in touch with

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55 015 with a diverted Liverpool to Newcastle express at Walkden on 14th June 1981. Photograph reproduced bu kind permission of Keith Ingram.