Blacon Station

Blacon Station was situated on the Manchester, Sheffield & Lincolnshire Railways Chester Northgate to Hawarden Bridge Line and provided a connection to the Wrexham, Mold & Connah's Quay Railway. It opened in 1890 and closed to passenger traffic in 1968 although goods traffic continued to use the line until 1984. In 1986 it briefly reopened for goods traffic before finally closing in the early 1990s.

 In 2000 a pedestrian and cycleway, the Chester Millennium Greenway, was opened along the old line and this 8 mile Chester - Connah's quay railway path forms part of National Cycle Network Route 5.

In 2008 a plan was initiated to landscape the old station and they have done a fine job with an interpretation sign, picket fencing, new footpaths and reproduction railway signs although the one on the bridge is an original. In the foreground is a mosaic designed by local schoolchildren. 

The main station building was to the left of my picture.

I'm sure there are many old railway enthusiasts on blip and they are probably aware of the Disused Stations website which is full of interesting information. It is worth looking at the  entry Disused Stations: Blacon as there are some wonderful pictures and you should be able to work out where I took the picture from.

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