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  • Mystery Number 257 – supplied by Karen Perry

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    Below is a photo of my grandfather, William Stanley Bickley, in his signal box. Sorry it’s not a very good photo but I am hoping someone can help me identify where the box is, or was, situated. I’m told the box is an LNWR design and is possibly on the Bolton to Leigh line. As far as I know grandad was a railway worker from 1912 to 1948 (see 3rd photo). He was born in Chester then moved to Hindley where he became a railwayman. In the late 1920s he moved to New Bury, Farnworth. I understand he worked in the Fletcher Street, Bolton cabin but I don’t think this photo was taken there.

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  • David Blower — 10-Oct-2019 6.15 PM
    The fist two letters of the name may be 'H' and 'O', could it be (one of) the boxes at Howe Bridge?
    Adrian Schofield — 06-Jan-2020 5.36 PM
    Some discussion regarding this photo initiated by Adrian which includes photos is available on the LNWRS Facebook page at
    Reg Instone — 16-Jan-2020 12.42 AM
    Yes, looks like HO__. It’s a LNWR type 4 size E, so it should be quite easy to identify in the records
    Harry Jack — 01-Mar-2020 4.29 PM
    This is definitely Howe Bridge West Junction box. The photograph previously shown on Facebook claiming to be Howe Bridge West actually shows Howe Bridge East.
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