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Crewe North Junction to Manchester London Road No.3

Section of Line Opened Closed Notes
Travis Street to Heaton Norris 04.07.1840
Store St. (Piccadilly) to Travis Street 08.05.1842
Heaton Norris to Sandbach 10.05.1842
Sandbach to Crewe 10.08.1842
London Rd. No. 1 to Mayfield 08.08.1910
Junctions and other features Running Lines Stations, Signal Boxes and Junctions Distance from Signal Box above Loops and Refuge Sidings Notes
Up Down
Maximum permissible speed 75 m.p.h. on Main, Fast and Slow lines.
Maximum permissible speed 45 m.p.h. on Good lines.
1 Crewe North Junction
↓↓ Sydney Bridge Junction 0m 1025yds
2 ↑↑ Sandbach Station (Map) 3m 1574yds
Holmes Chapel Station (Map) 3m 1225yds
* Goostry Station (Map) 1m 1603yds
* Chelford Station (Map) 3m 1458yds DGL
Alderley Edge Station (Map) 3m 92yds DGL 50
UGL 50
3 Wilmslow Station (Map) 1m 980yds DGL 75
Handforth Station (Map) 1m 947yds
        Cheadle (1st)     c. 24.11.1845
4 Cheadle Hulme Station (2nd) (Map) 2m 673yds o. 24.11.1845
5 ↓↓ Adswood Road Bridge 0m 1412yds
6 ↓↕ Adswood Sidings (Signals down goods, down through siding and up and down through siding only) 0m 788yds
7 ↓↓ Edgeley Junction No.1 0m 819yds
8 ↑↑ ↓↓ Edgeley Junction No.2 0m 383yds
9 ↓↓↓ Stockport Edgeley No.1 (Map) 0m 421yds o. 15.02.1843
10 ↑↑↑↑ ↓↓ Stockport Edgeley No.2 0m 332yds
        Heaton Norris Station (Map)     c. 02.03.1959
11 ↑↑ ↓↓ Heaton Norris Junction 0m 1190yds  
Heaton Chapel and Heaton Moor Station (Map) 0m 1391yds
Levenshulme North Station (Pic) (Map) 1m 824yds
Slade Lane Junction 0m 932yds
        Rushford Station     c.00.04.1843
        Longsight Station     o. 00.04.1843 c. 15.09.1958
↑↑ Longsight No.1 1 (Signals up and down goods line only) (Map) 0m 1105yds  
        Ardwick Station     c. 15.12.1902 Down ticket platform only.
12   ↓↓↓ Ardwick Junction 2 0m 1629yds  
        Travis Street     c. 08.05.1842
13 ↑↑ ↓↓↓ Manchester London Rd. No.1 0m 541yds Mayfield c. 28.08.1960
14 3 ↑↑ ↓↓↓ Manchester London Rd. No.2 0m 415yds
15 Manchester London Rd No.3 (Map) 0m 179yds

1. Although Longsight No.1 is shown as signalling the up and down goods line, it is not shown as a block post. It could perhaps be better termed as a Shunting Frame.

2. The exact signalling arrangements at this particular moment in time are not easy to understand from the Sectional Appendix. Although the four signal boxes between Ardwick and the buffers at London Rd are still shown, the route between Ardwick Jn (Exc) to Heaton Norris had already come under the control of the then new London Road Power Box. It appears that the more complicated station area was commissioned at a later date. So although it isn’t shown, it’s there somewhere and should make the signal box tally 16.

3. During re-signalling and other work, the route between Manchester London Rd. No.2 and Oxford Road was closed. For ease of use, this link will lead directly to the Manchester (Oxford Road) to Altrincham page.


You could pass this location a thousand times and not notice the significance of this building jutting out from the viaduct that carries the Manchester to Crewe line at Ardwick Junction. It is in fact the base of Ardwick Junction signal box, a structure that once controlled the Crewe line and the connections to the Great Central and the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway.