©2016 Phil Wieland
Welcome to Northwest Sparks, where I will be reporting on the work to electrify a number of railway lines and some other railway projects in the Northwest of England. The routes being electrified are:
  • Liverpool to Manchester via Newton-le-Willows.
  • Liverpool to Wigan.
  • Manchester to Preston via Bolton.
  • Preston to Blackpool North.
  • Manchester to Stalybridge.
  • Wigan to Bolton.

On this site you will find news, details of the routes, information about engineering works, reports on the train service and information about the new trains.

Reporting may be somewhat biassed towards the Liverpool end of the network, for the simple reason that I am based here.

Feedback, comments and especially news reports are always welcome, at editor@nw-sparks.co.uk

Phil Wieland