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Clock Face railway station served the colliery village of Clock Face south of St Helens, England. The station was on the southern section[2][3] of the St Helens and Runcorn Gap Railway which was later absorbed by the London and North Western Railway.[4]

Clock Face
Location
PlaceClock Face
AreaSt Helens
Coordinates53°25′06″N 2°42′45″W / 53.4184°N 2.7124°W / 53.4184; -2.7124Coordinates: 53°25′06″N 2°42′45″W / 53.4184°N 2.7124°W / 53.4184; -2.7124
Grid referenceSJ528915
Operations
Original companySt Helens and Runcorn Gap Railway
Pre-groupingLondon and North Western Railway
Post-groupingLondon, Midland and Scottish Railway
Platforms2
History
1850sStation opened
12 July 1926Station became an unstaffed Halt[1]
18 June 1951 (1951-06-18)Station closed
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
A B C D–F G H–J K–L M–O P–R S T–V W–Z

HistoryEdit

Sources differ on when the station first appeared on public timetables. The Disused Stations website gives 1856[5] whereas Pixton gives 1854.[6] The station was reduced to 'Halt' status in 1926[6] and closed completely on 18 June 1951, when passenger trains were withdrawn between Widnes and St Helens.[4]

ServicesEdit

In 1922 nine "Down" (northbound) trains a day called at Clock Face, 'One class only' (i.e. 3rd Class) and 'Week Days Only' (i.e. not Sundays). The "Up" service was similar. The trains' destinations were St Helens to the north and Ditton Junction to the south, with some travelling beyond to Runcorn or Liverpool Lime Street.[7]

In 1951 the service was sparser but more complex. Six trains called in each direction, Monday to Friday, the early morning ones providing both 1st and 3rd Class accommodation. On Saturdays four trains called in each direction, 3rd Class only. No trains called on Sundays.[8]


Preceding station   Disused railways   Following station
Sutton Oak
Line and station closed
  London and North Western Railway
St Helens and Runcorn Gap Railway
  Union Bank Farm Halt
Line and station closed

ReferencesEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Tolson 1983, p. 94
  2. ^ Engineers' Line Reference SOM via railwaycodes
  3. ^ Smith & Turner 2012, Map 45
  4. ^ a b Paul Wright (20 April 2010). "Station Name: CLOCK FACE". Disused Stations. Retrieved 23 March 2011.
  5. ^ A more detailed history via Disused Stations UK
  6. ^ a b Pixton 1996, p. 64
  7. ^ Bradshaw 1922, p. 495
  8. ^ Pixton 1996, p. 86

SourcesEdit

  • Bradshaw (1986), Bradshaw's July 1922 Railway Guide (reprint), Guild Publishing London
  • Pixton, Bob (1996), The Archive Photographs Series Widnes and St Helens Railways, The Chalford Publishing Company, ISBN 0 7524 0751 1
  • Smith, Paul; Turner, Keith (2012), Railway Atlas Then and Now, Ian Allan Publishing, ISBN 978 0 7110 3695 6
  • Tolson, J M (1983), The St Helens Railway, Its Rivals and Successors OL 64, The Oakwood Press, ISBN 0 85361 292 7

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