Mystery Photographs

The Courtney Haydon Collection and Ron Dyer Archive

Round Oak Rail, Brierley Hill


Throstle Nest South Jct.

Photograph: Courtney Haydon Collection (B-96-24)
19/11/2010 from Bevan Price
Throstle Nest South Junction. Curve to Trafford Park on left, line to Manchester Central straight ahead. Did we not see some other photos here several months ago ?
19/11/2010 from Bob Ballard
I agree but cannot remember photos taken here unless it was on the railtour ex M/cr Cen he was on.
19/11/2010 from Cyril
I don't remember "Throstle Nest Junc." being mentioned before today. I do seem to recall a somewhat similar junction between tunnels (?) somewhere in the Huddersfield(?) area.
19/11/2010 from Cyril
I have looked up the Manchester Tour (1T55) which we looked at last December but cannot find any reference to "Throstle Nest Junc.". The films concerned are Y-32, 33 & 34.
19/11/2010 from Bob Ballard
Cyril, He certainly took some as he came out of Central. I remember one being of the MSJ&A where it ran parallel past one of the local bus garages - this would be just before Cornbrook Jc.
19/11/2010 from Simon Grand
The 1T55 photos included a shot of the remains of Cornbrook carriage sidings (under the righthand part of the bridge and round on the righthand side Y-32-17), a shot with a glimpse of this box from the other side of the bridge (Y-32-18) and another shot further south on this stub of the CLC immediately north of Chorlton Jct (Y-32-19).
21/11/2010 from Mark Higginson
The photographer is looking N over the parapet wall of the northernmost of the two Throstle Nest Tunnels towards the bridges carrying Chester Road. The line to Throstle Nest East Junction (and Manchester Central) closed on 5 May 1969, while that round to Trafford Park East Junction lasted until 15 October 1988. The signal box - briefly renamed Throstle Nest Junction in its last months - was abolished on 5 April 1970. Since 1988 this "hole" has been filled in to form a car park, the triangular shape of which reflects what was there before, its identification aided by the survival of both the parapet in the foreground and that flanking Chester Road in the background.
21/11/2010 from Eddie Johnson
The box known latterly as Throstle Nest East Junction was originally known as Throstle Nest Junction. The change in name came in 1906 when Throstle Nest South Junction appeared taking the line round to Trafford Park on the LIverpool line. I've not heard of the name Throstle Nest Junction being used latterly for TNS. If correct then it must have been a purely internal BR name as there was no external name carried by the box other than its original one. I was there when the box was demolished.
22/11/2010 from Mark Higginson
Just to clarify the source for the box's name change, this came from John Gough's Midland Railway Chronology, which lists it as occurring on 30 August 1969. Perhaps it was intended but then a decision was made to close the box and it never happened? Having said that it doesn't make a lot of sense as why would the suffix "Junction" be retained when there no longer was a junction here?
19/03/2011 from steve
location: Throstle Nest South Jc.
My brother was signalman in this box from 1958 to 1964. I was 12 years old and used to cycle from Withington where we lived, to spend a few hours with him on his 2-10 shift, being an avid train spotter, it was a dream come true. The access was through a wooden gate on the far side of Chester Road, then down the steps on the embankment, to track level, then, the deal was, I would wait on the far side of that right hand bridge, until my brother gave me the all clear wave from the box.(All very much against the railway rules of course.)
11/06/2015 from Irene Rawlinson
location: Throstle Nest Junction
I know it is some time since you posted your comment but I do hope that you see this. My father worked there about the time of your brother - he was a relief signalman at the time. Plus he finished his railway career at Central Station until it closed. Like you I visited the box many times and also took rail enthusiasts to see it=- including my husband. I also visited Trafford Park Junction many times = took his Sunday lunch to him. My father was Albert Tomlinson and my uncle was Arthur Tomlinson. Maybe your brother knew them.
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