Tuesday, 11 October 2011
THE SALT SIDING 1970
The salt siding disappeared in 1980 and replacing it would be a problem, as new signals have been placed on the trackbed on the approach to Middlewich.
British Salt is now the only company on the Middlewich Branch served by rail (although the stub of a siding which once led to Murgatroyd's chemical works (later B.P Chemicals, Hays Chemicals and then Brenntag) is still in place at the Sandbach end of the line.
On the left can be seen the end of a train parked on one of the sidings, with that once familiar sight on the railways, a guard's van, coupled to it. Improvements in train brakes mean that these vans are mostly no longer necessary, though they are used on nuclear flask workings and other special trains.
SEE ALSO: THE SALT SIDING (2)