Chequerbent railway station (Bolton and Leigh Railway)
|Original company||Bolton and Leigh Railway|
|Pre-grouping||London and North Western Railway|
|11 June 1831||Station opened|
|2 February 1885||Station closed|
|Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom|
|Closed railway stations in Britain|
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LNWR lines to Bolton
Chequerbent railway station was a railway station in Westhoughton to the south-west of Bolton, Greater Manchester, on the line between Bolton and Leigh. It was open from 1831 until its replacement in 1885 by a later station.
The railway was built as a single track line and the route included two inclines which were worked using ropes hauled by stationary engines, locomotive haulage being used on the flatter sections of the line. One of these inclines was situated north of Atherton Bag Lane railway station with the line climbing up through Chequerbent before dropping towards Bolton. This incline was operated by a 50 horsepower (37,285 W) stationary steam engine.
The station at Chequerbent opened on 11 June 1831. The station was sited south of the Turnpike road (now the A6) near to the engine winding house. The station site was not marked on contemporary maps but the engine house is clearly marked on the OS six-inch map surveyed in 1845. The station has been described as a convenient "halt" for the Hulton Family, as William Hulton was an early promoter and supporter of the railway.
To avoid these inclines, and allow steam locomotives to haul trains for the entire journey, the London and North Western Railway (LNWR), successor to the B&LR, built deviations over easier gradients. This required the resiting of several stations, including Chequerbent.
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- Sweeney, D. J. (1996). A Lancashire Triangle Part One. Triangle Publishing. pp. 16–17. ISBN 978-0-9529333-0-4.
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- "Map of area of original Chequerbent station on a 1845 Lancashire XCIV OS six-inch published in 1849". National Library of Scotland. Retrieved 20 December 2018.
- Site of Chequerbent Station on navigable 1948 O.S. map
- Chequerbent Station at Disused Stations Site Record
|Preceding station||Disused railways||Following station|
|Atherton Bag Lane
Line and station closed
|London and North Western Railway
Bolton and Leigh line
Line and station closed