Favourite photo-spots: Parbold

IMG_5073.jpgParbold was a really delightful discovery in West Lancashire, a small town just over ten minutes travel time on a Southport-bound train from Wigan Wallgate, itself almost alongside the main Station, Wigan North Western, on the West Coast Main Line.

Here a listed 1877-vintage Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway box called Parbold Cabin, stands at the eastern end of the station and controls level crossing barriers and a trio of semaphore arms.

IMG_5065.jpgIn the down (Southport) direction these are home signal (PB19) and starter (PB18 – pictured) while in the up direction home signal PB4 on the up platform is a colour light, but starter PB5 is a semaphore that is mounted above a distant controlled by nearby Chapel Lane Crossing.

This Crossing can be reached by taking a pleasant 15 minute walk along the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, which passes just south of the station.

IMG_5088The box itself is little more than a Portacabin controlling gates on a farm track that remain closed to road vehicles unless a button is pressed to request they are opened, but this is another spot with photographic potential.

Here in the down direction is the Parbold distant below a home signal protecting the crossing, with another single home arm in the up direction.

IMG_5091.jpgThat gives Chapel Lane Crossing three semaphores, the same as Parbold, although the two home signals protecting the crossing remain in the off position unless a vehicle has requested to cross the line.

Mid-way between the two boxes there is another fine vantage point from the bridge carrying the A5209 road.

Here there is a good view of Chapel Lane Crossing and its signals looking eastwards, while from the pavement side of the bridge, Parbold Cabin can be seen as the line sweeps round a left hand bend, with a good view of up trains approaching signal PB5.

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