A 24 foot long Victorian heritage running-in sign has been unveiled today (Dec 18), at a Greater Manchester station.
In conjunction with the Friends of Heaton Chapel Station (FofHCS), Heaton’s Men in Sheds group have created the sign after several months of hard work. It has been created in hard woods, with every letter cut out skilfully by hand. This 24 foot sign is now displayed on platform 2 for all passing trains and passengers to see. The sign was unveiled, alongside a brass plaque by Stockport Mayor, Cllr. Walter Brett, chairman HMIS Anthony Williams, and FofHCS chairman Phil Rowbotham. Refreshments were provided for the 30 guests afterwards by the ‘Friends’ in the station booking office.
The station had been called Heaton Chapel & Heaton Moor Station until May 1974, when British Rail abbreviated the names of 39 stations, with Heaton Chapel losing the ‘& Heaton Moor’ of its title. The station also has one of the older seven foot maroon enamel British Rail signs and displayed in its booking hall.
FofHCS would like to thank Northern Rail, Transport for Greater Manchester and ACoRP for their financial support with this project.