Farnworth & Bold railway station served the Farnworth area of Widnes, England. The station was on the southern section of the St Helens and Runcorn Gap Railway, absorbed by the London and North Western Railway; the station first appeared in public timetables in 1852 as plain Farnworth. Its name was changed to Farnworth & Bold on 2 January 1890; the station was closed to passengers on 18 June 1951, when passenger trains were withdrawn between Widnes and St Helens. It closed on 1 June 1964; the line through the station was subsequently lifted. The trackbed through the station and the station itself have been buried under the A557. In 1922 nine "Down" trains a day called at Farnworth & Bold,'One class only' and'Week Days Only'; the "Up" service was similar. The trains' destinations were St Helens to the north and Ditton Junction to the south, with some travelling beyond to Runcorn or Liverpool Lime Street. In 1951 the service was more complex. Six trains called in each direction, Monday to Friday, the early morning ones providing both 1st and 3rd Class accommodation.
On Saturdays four trains called in each direction, 3rd Class only. No trains called on Sundays. Bradshaw, George. Bradshaw's General Railway and Steam Navigation guide for Great Britain and Ireland: A reprint of the July 1922 issue. Newton Abbot: David and Charles. ISBN 978-0-7153-8708-5. OCLC 12500436. Pixton, The Archive Photographs Series Widnes and St Helens Railways, The Chalford Publishing Company, ISBN 978-0-7524-0751-7 Smith, Paul. Lost Railways of Merseyside and Greater Manchester. Newbury: Countryside Books. ISBN 978-1-85306-869-0. "Disused Stations". Subterranea Britannica; the station on an 1888-1913 Overlay OS Map via National Library of Scotland the station on a 1948 OS Map via npe maps an illustrated history of the line via 8D Association
John P. McCann is an American-born writer and producer who has focused on writing/producing animation and family-friendly scripts in the past, he is best known for his work on television cartoons, for which he has received numerous awards, but he has produced live-action screenplays and television scripts. At present McCann is working on short stories, a novella, his fiction tends to be either darkly humorous or horror-related. McCann was featured on a panel in July 2008 at Comic-Con with other veterans of Warner Brothers Animation, discussing Tiny Toons and Batman. Born in Elmhurst, Illinois in 1952, McCann grew up with his brother and his sister in the Chicago area—mostly in Skokie. McCann's first memory of making someone laugh is said to have been in a moment with his father, he did standup for some years in Illinois, where he met Jay Leno. McCann moved to Los Angeles in 1979 to become a writer. Distracted by acting for a while, he worked at two separate comedy improv groups— The L. A. Connection and M.
D. Sweeney's Acme Comedy Theater. Writing comedy skits enabled him to hone his abilities with dialogue and narrative, to explore the way comic timing is affected by the needs of a story: he was no longer throwing out one-liners, he reached the summit of his acting career, he claims, as a double for Duncan Regehr in My Wicked, Wicked Ways: The Legend of Errol Flynn. After Paul Rugg joined Acme Comedy Theater, Rugg and McCann were recruited by Tom Ruegger and Sherri Stoner of Warner Brothers Animation for freelance scripts. Ruegger brought both Rugg and McCann aboard at Warner Brothers, where they worked as part of Jean MacCurdy's brain trust on Animaniacs and Steven Spielberg Presents Freakazoid. McCann worked on Pinky, Elmyra & the Brain, a spinoff of Pinky and the Brain, ironic: the first script he'd written for Ruegger had been an experimental workup of a spinoff from Tiny Toons, using Elmyra as the main protagonist. Along with being the creative force behind Freakazoid—along with Rugg—McCann performed the voice for Douglas Douglas, Dexter Douglas' father, for Hero Boy.
The Freakazoid character Lord Bravery was drawn to look like John P. McCann. McCann has received a Peabody Award and been nominated for seven Emmys—including one for songwriting—and has received three Emmy Awards: one for Animaniacs, one for Freakazoid, one for Pinky, Elmyra & the Brain. At Warner Brothers, he worked not just on those titles, but on Ozzy & Drix, Batman Beyond, a speculative series based on the character Lobo from the Superman Comic Strips that never got off the ground, he produced a couple of public service announcements for the U. S. State Department that featured Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck, in which Cambodian people were warned about the dangers of picking up stray ordnance from the ground, he remarks that the project took him to Washington, DC once, Cambodia twice. McCann won a Prizm Award in 1999 for helping to raise public awareness about the dangers of drug addiction; the release of the first Freakazoid season DVD occurred in July 2008, that double-DVD remained in Amazon's top ten for family-friendly releases, boxed sets, television animation for weeks.
In 1999 McCann wrote and directed a short film in the improvisational style popularized by Larry David's Curb Your Enthusiasm. A take-off on The Blair Witch Project, it was entitled The Glendale Ogre, starred Marc Drotman, Scott Kreamer, Kate Donahue. Scored by Julie and Steve Bernstein, it featured camera work by David Coons of Los Angeles' Artscans, himself most well known as the inspiration for the title of Po Bronson's The Nudist on the Late Shift. In the years since leaving Warner Brothers Animation, McCann has worked on Jimmy Neutron, Dave the Barbarian, Tom Ruegger's Sushi Pack, Animalia, he was story editor for the animated European series Sherm, produced by BAF. McCann lives with his wife in the hills east of Los Angeles, claims to like "long walks through large corporate and government buildings." He has completed five marathons. He acted as an assistant coach for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Team in Training at the San Diego Rock'n' Roll marathon in June 2008. McCann's own blog McCann's "Death Honk", in The Journal of Microliterature McCann's "Fresh Ideas", in Every Day Fiction John P. McCann on IMDb