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Written by Bevan Price - 03 Apr 2004
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Location notes
On the line between Wigan Wallgate and Kirkby.
Railway type and traffic
During the week an Hourly dmu runs during the daytime. Mostly Class 142 but with occasional 150/156.
Daily return freight service, Immingham - Knowsley & return.
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Environment
A small un-staffed station. An adjacent signal box controls access to a single line section.
Road directions
From the A570 St. Helens to Ormskirk Road:
Turn east into Bushey Lane at the roundabout by the Wheatsheaf Hotel (just on the north side of a rail bridge). At the end, bear right into News Lane and continue about 200 yards to station.

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Rainford Station map co-ordinates
Parking
There is a small car park at station.
Public transport
By rail direct to station.
By bus from St. Helens Town Centre - currently every 15 minutes at weekday daytime (journey time about 25 minutes).

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Amenities
A public house adjacent to station. There are other facilities in Rainford Village, which is about 1 mile away.
Sun Compass
Sun Compass using Suncalc by brought to you by Vladimir Agafonkin:
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Rainford Station

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Rainford Station general view map
Rainford Station close up map

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Rainford Station



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Photographic notes
There are trees surrounding line to west of station. From the station platform, best for eastbound trains until about 11:00 (GMT) / 12 00 (BST). Several other nearby photo. locations within walking distance of station. 1. Footpath crossing on west side of station. Walk through Linear Park on site of old railway line to St. Helens, branch right after passing some allotments. 2. Minor track over bridge between station and A570 road. Vegetation clearance has recently improved this location for photos of eastbound trains in the morning. From (1), cross railway line at footpath crossing, then follow path next to railway line across a playing field and through a small wood. From A570 road, near to the railway bridge, walk eastwards along Red Delph Lane and turn right at the end. 3. Maggots Nook bridge, about 0.5 miles east of station. Walk along footpath which runs alongside the railway line until reaching the bridge - allow 10 minutes. The line here is in a shallow cutting, and the line is partly shaded in mid-winter.
At all the following locations, the sun is OK for eastbound trains until mid to late morning, although trees can cast shadows on the train at the footpath crossing.
Links to photographs at this location

Freight services from Knowsley.


General views - All photographs © Bevan Price unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking west


Fig 1 - Looking west

From the platform.

Fig 2 - Looking west


Fig 2 - Looking west

Footpath crossing on west side of station.
Walk through Linear Park on site of old railway line to St. Helens, branch right after passing some allotments.

Fig 3 - Looking west


Fig 3 - Looking west

A Minor track over bridge between station and A570 road. Vegetation clearance has recently improved this location for photos of eastbound trains in the morning. From the location in Fig 2, cross railway line at footpath crossing, then follow path next to railway line across a playing field and through a small wood. From A570 road, near to the railway bridge, walk eastwards along Red Delph Lane and turn right at the end.

Fig 4 - Looking west


Fig 4 - Looking west

Maggots Nook bridge, about 0.5 miles east of station. Walk along footpath which runs alongside the railway line until reaching the bridge - allow 10 minutes. The line here is in a shallow cutting, and the line is partly shaded in mid-winter.

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