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Written by Mark Bearton - 15 Jan 2005
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Location notes
Warrington Bank Quay is on the West Coast Main Line and is a major station on the route between Crewe and Preston, being an interchange for the Manchester to Chester and North Wales services.
Railway type and traffic
The main line passenger trains are now mainly in the hands of Pendolinos and Voyagers. North Wales services are largely class 158 and 175 units.
There is a great variety of freight, Arpley yard just south of the station is a major hub for DB Schenker's Enterprise network, in addition to Anglo-Scottish workings and coal to Fiddlers Ferry.
Environment
The station is busy with both Passengers and Enthusiasts. It is located a 10-15 minute walk from the Town Centre.
Road directions
The station is close to the Town Centre and is well signposted from major roads.

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Warrington, Bank Quay Station map co-ordinates
Parking
There is a station car park with currently a 5 daily charge.
There are car parks in the Town Centre. There is also a road, Slutchers Lane, nearby which you can park on but this can get very busy, especially mid week.
Public transport
There is a regular hourly service from London, Birmingham, Manchester, North Wales and Scotland to Warrington. In addition the Town Centre is well served by buses.

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Amenities
There are toilets on the station and a small buffet. The nearest bar is located in the hotel directly opposite the station. The nearest Wetherspoons pub is visible at the far end of the road to the left of the hotel. There is an excellent Sandwich shop near the station, turn left outside the station, past the Newsagents, to the following corner.
Accommodation
The Patten Arms Hotel is directly opposite Warrington Bank Quay station.
Rooms are basic but reasonable.
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Warrington, Bank Quay Station

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Photographic notes
The station is comprised of two platforms with four sides. In the centre is the Up and Down Fast, with the Slow Lines either side and in addition a further Goods Line outside them. There is also a Goods Line passing at right angles underneath. For this line, please see the 'Arpley Junction' Trainspot.
The line is generally North-South here, so the best shots are usually looking North, in the morning from the south-bound (right hand side) platform and in the afternoon from the other. The platforms are ever so slightly staggered which means in a morning trains heading south can be photographed clearly from the right hand platform and in the afternoon from that on the left. To complicate matters, the Up Goods, on the right of the station, is well used and good photos can be taken in the afternoon from the right hand platform of trains either entering the north-end, or waiting for train-crew relief at the signals at the south.


General views - All photographs © Mark Bearton unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking north


Fig 1 - Looking north

A train on the down fast

Fig 2 - Looking north


Fig 2 - Looking north

A train on the up goods

Fig 3 - Looking north


Fig 3 - Looking north

A train on the up fast

Fig 5 - Looking south



Fig 5 - Looking south

A train on the down fast

Fig 6 - Looking south



Fig 6 - Looking south

A train on the down fast

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