By Alan Davies

situated just about the Ellesmere Colliery, the Walkden backyard eventually turned the NCB principal Workshops for Lancashire. From the following the workshops served the Bridgewater Trustees' collieries, delivering engineering help in addition to keeping the varied railway locomotives and the various 1000s of wagons that the corporate owned. Opened in 1878, Walkden backyard transferred to the nationwide Coal Board upon nationalization after the second one global conflict and its value grew because it served the opposite Lancashire collieries too. At Walkden there have been a computing device store, joiners' store, electricians' store, paint store, tinsmiths', locomotive fix store, wagon sheds and wagon computer store. The backyard itself hired 1000's of guys and boys yet was once closed in 1986 with the decline of the Lancashire coalfield. A housing property now sits atop the positioning of the Walkden backyard and it really is not easy to recollect that the location as soon as serviced the various locomotives that belonged to the NCB, or that the Coal Board and its predecessors operated many locomotives over their very own traces in addition to the railway corporation ones and that an enormous was once maintained at Walkden backyard, repairing locomotives and rolling inventory. during this booklet, Alan Davies tells the tale of the Walkden backyard and the locomotives of the Lancashire coalfield.

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