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Class 175
Signal box
Semaphore signals
Frodsham Branch
Diesel train
Frodsham Junction
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Passing Frodsham Junction

Passing Frodsham Junction
The Class 175 "Coradia" has just left Frodsham Station in northern Cheshire and is heading towards Warrington and eventual journey's end at Manchester. It is on its way from Llandudno. Semaphore signals still control the line and the box does seem to be open judging from the parked car

The single track line curving off is a 1.5 mile chord, called the Frodsham Branch, linking this Chester-Warrington line to the main London-Liverpool part of the West Coast Main Line. As such it would seem a good passenger route from Chester, Helsby, and Frodsham direct to Liverpool Lime Street but in fact has only one train a week. It is what used to be called a "Parliamentary" from a time when Government insisted railway companies ran cheap workers trains at a "reasonable" time. This train, a "Sprinter" unit, leaves Helsby every Saturday at 07:14 for Chester which it then leaves at 07:48 non-stop for Liverpool Lime Street via this chord arriving 08:39. There is a return from Liverpool at 13:44 but, would you believe, that runs via Warrington and not this link. Hardly encouraging passengers to use it. I'm sure I've read that is is cheaper to run this one train a week than go to the trouble of setting up a process to close the line. I have also read that there is some community pressure to start a regular service but it hasn't yet succeeded.

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