Smithy Bridge railway station
|Smithy Bridge railway station|
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|Number of platforms||2|
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Smithy Bridge railway station serves the village of Smithy Bridge and Hollingworth Lake near Rochdale in Greater Manchester, England. The station is on the Caldervale Line 12 3⁄4 miles (20.5 km) north of Manchester Victoria on the way to Leeds.
Monday to Saturday daytimes there is a half-hourly service to Manchester Victoria southbound and to Todmorden northbound, with one service per hour continuing to Leeds. Following changes to the Caldervale line timetable from May 2014, one service now terminates at Todmorden rather than continuing to destinations further east, whilst the other runs via Dewsbury. In the evening, Leeds services run via Bradford Interchange whilst on Sundays there is an hourly service each way to Manchester & Todmorden with connections available at the latter for stations further east.
Timetables are due to change again when the 'Todmorden Curve' re-opens in May 2015 allowing trains onto the Burnley/Blackburn line, giving an alternative route through to Preston.
The station was first opened by the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway in October 1868. In 1915, the station was the scene of a tragic accident involving an express train and an empty stock train. Four people died and many others were injured. It was closed on 2 May 1960 by British Rail but reopened on its original site,albeit with a slightly different platform layout, on 19 August 1985 with financial assistance from Greater Manchester PTE. The signal box here, which controlled the level crossing and acted as a 'fringe' box to Preston PSB from 1973 onwards, was downgraded in late 2011 from a block post to a crossing box. The signalling is now remotely operated from the new 'Rochdale West' panel at Castleton (which also supervises the layout at Rochdale and will eventually replace another box at Castleton East Junction). The crossing is now automatic. Smithy Bridge Crossing box closed early 2014 and is now demolished, almost without trace.
- GB National Rail Timetable May - December 2014, Table 41
- The Weighvers Seaport by A W Colligan in association with George Kelsall (ISBN 0-9505577-0-6)
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