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In and around

DARWEN

Lower Darwen, Spring Vale & Entwistle

Past & Present

 

 

 

 

   
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DARWEN STATION in 1987

 

During 1987, the rail bridge over Atlas Road

(adjacent to Darwen Station)

was renewed.

 

A rail replacement coach for Bromley Cross

and a minibus for Entwistle

await arrival of the shuttle train from Blackburn.

 

 

Photo: R. Hayes

 

DARWEN STATION in 2004

 

The station buildings have gone,

replaced by a “bus shelter”,

revealing the row of terraced houses

at the far side of the station

and the former stationmaster’s house on the left.

 

The exact spot, from which the photograph on the left,

was taken was obstructed by a skip!

 

Photo: W. Briggs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
 

The north end of Darwen station,

looking towards Blackburn,

 

showing the remains of the original platforms.

 

Photo: W. Briggs

 

Remains of the double track, whose re-instatement

is long-awaited,

on the approach to Hoddlesden Jct. no longer in-situ

 

 

 

Photo: B. Haworth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
 

A view looking at the newly singled track taken

from above the northern portal of the Sough Tunnel

in the early 1970’s.

 

Note the absence of trees / shrubbery on the cutting sides.

 

Photo: B. Haworth

 

The same scene taken in February 2004

from the only viewpoint

remaining and available

due to the increased vegetation.

 

 

Photo: W. Briggs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
 

4F 0-6-0 44389 stands next to

Ivatt 2-6-0 43118 (24D)

on 11 June 1965

 

Photo: B. Holland

 

A miscellany of Locos on Lower Darwen Shed

on 28 March 1965.

 

 

Photo: B. Holland

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
 

Horwich “Crab” 2-6-0 42898 (24B) Rose Grove,

ready for action at Lower Darwen Shed

on 27 March 1965.

 

All Lower Darwen
photographs by B. Holland,
courtesy Peter Eastham

 

The above photos of Lower Darwen Motive Power Depot

appeared in RVRNews 72

to illustrate an article written by Brian Haworth.

 

To view the Text and the Engine Shed Track Plan,

please click here.

 

The Darwen line diverges at Bolton Road Jct., Blackburn.

Freckleton Street bridge, in the background,

has now been demolished,

 

and is currently being replaced by a new one,

an architect's drawing being featured in Gallery 1.

 

 

Photo: B. Haworth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
 

The view looking towards Blackburn

from the back cab of a Santa Special

passing milepost 20½.

 

The “sandtrap” points can clearly be seen

n the approach to Darwen Station.

 

Photo: B. Haworth

 

View of Darwen Station

 

from the Guard’s cab

 

 

Photo: B. Haworth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

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The 12:08 leaving Darwen

23 September 2003

 

 

 

Photo: C. Carr

 

Stanier Black Five 44767, Stephenson,

pounds up the bank

past the remains of Spring Vale Station

 

with “The Norseman” Rail Tour,

the first steam working over Copy Pit since 1968,

on 18 March 1995

Photo: E. Buckley

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
 

Entwistle Station and Signal Box

date unknown (as yet)

 

Photo: B. Haworth Collection

 

Entwistle Station now

 

Photo: B. Haworth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

Above: Entwistle Station circa 1903

- photo courtesy of Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Society

 

Below: Original track diagram for Entwistle

 

 


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