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PostPosted: Fri Jun 12, 2015 12:18 pm 
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Hi

Can anyone tell me when the Chester to Holyhead was quadrupled. I'm particularly interested in the situation at Connah's Quay station.


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 14, 2015 4:13 pm 
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The North Wales coast widening was carried out fairly piecemeal over the decade from 1897, and a series of goods loops were ultimately connected togther to form a pair of slow lines. I don't have an exact date for the widening from Queensferry, but Connah's Quay No.1 box (24 levers) was reported in June 1906 as having been brought into use.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 15, 2015 3:41 pm 
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The new up and down loop lines from Mold Junction to Sandycroft and Sandycroft to Dundas Siding were brought into use on 3rd May 1896.

The new up and down loop lines from Gronant Sidings and Prestatyn were brought into use on 14th June 1896.

The new up and down loop lines from Muspratt's Sidings to Bagillt were brought into use on 7th November 1897.

The new down loop from Dundas Siding to Queensferry was brought into use on 3rd July 1898.

The new up loop from Gronant and Morfa Crosing, and the new up and down loops from Holywell to Llanerchymor were brought into use on 24th July 1898.

The new up and down loop lines from Abergele to Foryd were brought into use on 2nd July 1899.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 17, 2015 5:56 pm 
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Thanks for this info. I think I can now understasnd what is going on. I have a GCR map (not sure of the date) of the Connah's Quay area which has four tracks in the west, but the southern two are headshunts for loops which lead into access to the quay area.
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At that point the track becomes double track along the embankent, through Connah's Quay station and then under a road bridge. It doesn't look to me (1950s photos) that the road bridge was ever wide enough for more than two tracks, and the station buildings are similarly too close together.
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