From the 1830s through to the 1960s, Whifflet was a major coal and steel centre. This track was originally part of the railway network which would have fed the works with raw materials and carried its products out to the world. Until today, Whifflet had, to me, only been an intriguing destination – as in “the train at platform sixteen is the eleven fifty-eight to Whifflet…”. What attracted me to stop was this stretch of multi-coloured pavement. A little research shows that there is an established colour code: red for electricity, blue for water, yellow for gas and so on. There is a lot going on down there.