Chadderton Goods Branch
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NEWS & UPDATES - 24/06/2017 Links to youtube videos added for Chadderton Goods BR trains on the branch and Middleton Junction & Vitriol Works. Also added to Oldham Loop section for trips around the branch. 21/05/2017. Photos added to Royton Junction & Bullcote Lane / Heyside. 07/05/2017 Oldham Mumps goods sheds updated and a couple of photos added to Trains at Oldham Mumps. 05/05/2017 Photos added to Newton Heath Depot and Trains at Oldham Mumps. 24/04/2017 Oldham Mumps Station section updated in Oldham Loop. 15/04/2017 Oldham Loops Phots of Hollinwood & Oldham Werneth updated. 14/04/2017. Photos of the present day Chadderton Goods branch added to the "Then & Now" and "BR trains on the line" section. 10/03/2017 Photo of 8F railtour to Chadderton Goods added as well as more photos around Chadderton Junction.

Middleton Junction West Signal Box photographed in March 1990. © Chris Bruce 2012
Middleton Junction West Signal Box March 1990. The line in the fore ground is the to Chadderton Goods / Oldham Werneth. © Chris Bruce 2012
Middleton Junction West Signal Box, March 1990. © Chris Bruce 2012
© Allan Roach 2015
Middleton Junction West Signal Box, viewed from the bridge over the Rochdale Canal, on the line to Chadderton Goods / Oldham Wernth. March 1990. © Chris Bruce 2012
Middleton Junction West Signal Box after the arson attack on 11th September 1990. © Allan Roach 2015
The aftermath of the arson attack 11th September 1990. © Allan Roach 2015
The remains of the lever frame after the arson attack on 11th September 1990. © Allan Roach 2015
The goods shed and signal gantry at Middleton Junction. © Tom Wray 2015
Goods yard office at Middleton Junction. © Tom Wray
56005 heads a (Stanlow - Leeds?) oil train towards Mills Hill from Middleton Junction 21/04/1987. © Chris Platt 2013
A class 31 brings an engineers crane past Middleton Junction West signal box. Date unknown. Photo © Allan Roach 2015
A class 45 heads past Middleton Junction West signal box. Date unknown. Photo © Allan Roach 2015
56066 passes Middleton Junction West signal box. Date unknown. Photo © Allan Roach 2015
A class 47 has passed Vitriol Works signal box heading towards Mills Hill. Date unknown. Photo © Allan Roach 2015
31200 at Middleton Junction West, with the Heaton to Red Bank empty van train October 1987. The line to Chadderton Goods / Werneth Incline curves away on the left.© Chris Bruce 2012
Track removal & simplification work between Middleton Junction East & Vitriol Works. Photo © Allan Roach 2015
Track simplification at the start of the loop at Middleton Junction. Photo © Allan Roach 2015.
Track removal work on part of the loop at Middleton Junction. Photo © Allan Roach 2015
Old rail at Middleton Junction. To the left is the passing loop, to the right the run round loops for the Chadderton good branch. Photo © Allan Roach 2015.
45106 on a ballst train between Middleton Junction West and Vitriol signal boxes. Date unknown. Photo © Allan Roach 2015
45(106?) wrong line at Vitriol Works dropping ballast. Date unknown. Photo © Allan Roach 2015
25906 & 25904 are in the loop between Middleton Junction West & Vitriol signal boxes. Date unknown. Photo © Allan Roach 2015
25904 & 25906 in the loop between Middleton Junction West & Vitriol signal boxes. Vitriol box can be seen in the background. Photo © Allan Roach 2015
20013 & and another unidentified 20 pass a looped class 56 by Vitriol Works signal box. Date unknown. Photo © Allan Roach 2015
A class 56, in the loop by Vitriol Works signal box, waiting to head back to Stanlow. Date unknown. Photo © Allan Roach 2015
A class 45 with vans for Red Bank, pass the looped 56 at Vitriol Works. Date unknown. Photo © Allan Roach 2015
31280 has rescued failed 56 to the loop at Vitriol Works. Date unknown. Photo © Allan Roach 2015
Another view of 31280 and its failed 56 to the loop at Vitriol Works. Date unknown. Photo © Allan Roach 2015
A closer view of 31280 and its failed 56 to the loop at Vitriol Works. Date unknown. Photo © Allan Roach 2015
31280 drags the failed 56 away from Vitriol Works for attention elsewhere. Date unknown. Photo © Allan Roach 2015
31201 and an other unidentified 31 arrive at Vitriol Works to take over the oil train. Date unknown. Photo © Allan Roach 2015
The unidentified 31 and 31201 depart the loop at Vitriol Works after taking over the oil train. Date unknown. Photo © Allan Roach 2015
A pair of class 56's on the "hot oils" passing Vitriol Works heading towards Middleton Junction West. Date unknown. Photo © Allan Roach 2015
A class 45 between Vitriol Works & Middleton Junction West signal boxes. Date unknown. Photo © Allan Roach 2015
A class 47 passes Vitriol Works signal box with "The Bronte Express". Date unknown. Photo © Allan Roach 2015
A class 47 has passed Vitriol Works signal box heading for Manchester. Date unknown. Photo © Allan Roach 2015
47413 on a diverted Trans Pennine heading towards Middleton Junction. Date unknown. Photo © Allan Roach 2015
31245, still with tablet catcher recess, with the trip working from Walton Old Junction to Castelton, Heywood (standard Wagon) and Chadderton Goods. Date unknown. Photo © Allan Roach 2015
Vitriol Works Signal Box with Chadderton Power Station colouring the sky in. Photo © John C. Earwicker. Click on photo for link to Flickr.
Vitriol Works with all its windows. Photo © John C. Earwicker. Click photo for link to Flickr.
A Night shot of Vitriol Works with its orignal windows. 18/02/1988. Photo © John C. Earwicker. Click Photo for link to Flickr.
Semaphore Signals at Vitriol Works.Photo © John C. Earwicker. Click Photo for link to Flickr.
Vitriol signal at the end of the through siding. Photo © John C. Earwicker. Click Photo for link to Flickr.
Vitriol Works signal no. 55. Photo © John C. Earwicker. Click Photo for link to Flickr.
Inside Vitriol Works Signal Box.18/02/1988. Photo © John C. Earwicker. Click Photo for link to Flickr.
Inside Vitriol Works Signal Box. The sidings for Chadderton Power Station can be glimpsed through the window. Photo © John C. Earwicker. Click Photo for link to Flickr.
Vitriol Works track diagram. 18/02/1988. Photo © John C. Earwicker. Click Photo for link to Flickr.
Vitriol Works Signal Box 11/09/2010. Fitted with new PVC windows, this view shows where the larger end windows were bricked up. © Chris Bruce 2012
Rear view of Vitriol Works Signal Box. The end and rear wall show where the windows have been bricked up. This window would have given a view towards Chadderton Power Station and AVRO sidings. 11/09/2010. © Chris Bruce 2012
Vitriol Works Signal Box 11/09/2010. The loop is now disconnected, the line used to continue infront of the Box, and on into a run round loop. © Chris Bruce 2012
The steps upto Vitriol Works Signal Box. 11/09/2010. © Chris Bruce 2012
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