Waterfoot railway station

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Waterfoot
Location
Place Waterfoot, Rossendale
Area Lancashire
Coordinates 53°41′30″N 2°15′09″W / 53.6918°N 2.2525°W / 53.6918; -2.2525Coordinates: 53°41′30″N 2°15′09″W / 53.6918°N 2.2525°W / 53.6918; -2.2525
Operations
Original company East Lancashire Railway
Pre-grouping Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway
Post-grouping London Midland and Scottish Railway
Platforms 2
History
27 March 1848 (1848-03-27) Opened as Newchurch; terminus of line
1 October 1852 Line extended to Bacup
1 August 1881 Renamed Waterfoot for Newchurch
by 1922 Renamed Waterfoot
5 December 1966 (1966-12-05) Station closed
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
A B C D–F G H–J K–L M–O P–R S T–V W–Z
Portal icon UK Railways portal

Waterfoot railway station served Waterfoot near Rawtenstall from 1848 until the line closed in 1966.

History[edit]

The railway line from Rawtenstall to Bacup, an extension of the East Lancashire Railway (ELR), was authorised on 27 July 1846.[1] Construction began in 1847, and it was intended that it would be completed by 1 December the same year. The route required tunnels beyond Newchurch, and the expense of these meant that construction was curtailed, and the line was opened as far as Newchurch, where a station was opened on 27 March 1848.[2][3]

Construction of the line onwards to Bacup resumed in 1851, and this was opened on 1 October 1852.[2] The ELR amalgamated with the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway on 13 May 1859.[4] The whole line between Rawtenstall and Bacup was single-track at first; work to double the track began in 1878, and was completed in 1881.[5]

The station, originally named Newchurch, was renamed Waterfoot for Newchurch on 1 August 1881;[3][6] and the name was simplified to Waterfoot by 1922.[6]

The station was closed on 5 December 1966.[6]

Route[edit]

Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Clough Fold   Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway
Rawtenstall to Bacup Line
  Stacksteads

References[edit]

  1. ^ Marshall, John (1969). The Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway, volume 1. Newton Abbot: David & Charles. p. 109. ISBN 0-7153-4352-1. 
  2. ^ a b Marshall 1969, p. 116
  3. ^ a b Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 169. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508. 
  4. ^ Awdry, Christopher (1990). Encyclopaedia of British Railway Companies. London: Guild Publishing. p. 73. CN 8983. 
  5. ^ Marshall 1969, pp. 116–7
  6. ^ a b c Butt 1995, p. 242

Further reading[edit]

Railways in Rossendale
Bacup
Stacksteads
Britannia
Waterfoot
Shawforth
Clough Fold
Facit
Whitworth
To Rochdale
To Accrington
Rawtenstall
Haslingden
Ewood Bridge and Edenfield
Helmshore
Irwell Vale
East Lancashire Railway
Stubbins
To Bury