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NEWS & UPDATES - 14/10/2018 Miles Platting, Thorpes Bridge Junction & Dean Lane are now visible again. I have added a couple more photos of Thorpes Bridge and the post L&Y/Porta Cabin Signal Boxes. 16/07/2018 Due to someone ignoring the copyright symbol, and not bothering to ask if it is okay to repost the photographs on the site, I have temporarily removed them photos for now. They will be visible again once I have updated them. Sorry for the inconvenience I hope they will be back up soon. Just to make it clear all content on the website is © copyright of the persons named. All rights are reserved by the person named. If you want to post the photographs in your website or Facebook group etc, please ask permission first. It's common courtesy.

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

A view of the rear of Vitriol Works Signal Box. On the left hand side can be seen the bricked up former windows that looked out towards the sidings of Chadderton Power Station. 11/09/2010. Copyright Chris Bruce. All rights reserved.

Signal Box name boards 11/09/2010. Copyright Chris Bruce. All rights reserved.

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