He had to go to homes of the staff on early turns and tap on the bedroom window with the pole to wake up the driver/fireman!Grandfather tells me the story of an incident in the 30s when a tank engine somehow ended up in the turntable pit on its side.The West Coast Main Line (WCML) is one of the most important intercity railway lines in the United Kingdom.The line links London and Glasgow on a 401-mile route which runs via the West Midlands, the North West and southern Scotland.My grandmother would take me to Bank Quay and when his train came in Id get on and do 2 or 3 trips with him sitting along side him in the drivers compartment.Later he moved on to shunters at Froghall Lane, Walton Old Junction and Arpley sidings.
This would be achieved through increasing the line speed to 225 km/h (140 mph), in place of the previous maximum of 175 km/h (110 mph).
One important section, the North Staffordshire Railway, which opened its line in 1848 from Macclesfield (connecting with the LNWR from Manchester) via Stoke-on-Trent to Norton Bridge and Colwich, also remained independent until the forced amalgamations of 1922.
Following amalgamation, in 1922, Following amalgamation, in 1922, the line became part of the London Midland and Scottish Railway (LMS).
It is the mainline service passing through Warrington Bank Quay.
The line was built in stages between the 1830s and the 1870s, with the first stages being the Grand Junction Railway (Warrington - Birmingham) and the London and Birmingham Railway, both completed in the 1830s.