I thought as I'd been a member for a few months now I should add some images to my portfolio. I chose this one simply because it was one of the most recent I had taken - intending to add some better quality ones as well... But oops, silly me, I didn't realise the 16 picture upload allowance only ran for a couple of weeks... So I guess I'll add them more slowly.
This is a shot of the footbridge and signal box of our local station. The old semaphore signals might give the impression of a railway restoration site, but it is in fact a working station that didn't take it Beeching Powders back in the 60's - our house actually stands where the old line was. It has also avoided the modernisation that every other station on the line has had (they only replaced the gas lamps a week ago). It is named Rainford Junction, but the Ormskirk to St Helens line disappeared in 1959, and it now remains as a sleepy last stop before Kirby.
The signal man does not have the most onerous job in the world. He only has two signals on each line for the two trains an hour that pass (the same one going, like Bilbo Baggins, there and back again), and the trains stop at 7pm.
Landscape and travel