Halton railway station, Lancashire
|Halton railway station|
Remains in 2008
|Original company||"Little" North Western Railway|
|Post-grouping||London, Midland and Scottish Railway|
|17 November 1849||Opened|
|3 January 1966||Closed|
|Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom|
|Closed railway stations in Britain
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In reference books the station is sometimes referred to as Halton (Lancs) to distinguish it from another Halton railway station in Cheshire.
The station was opened on 17 November 1849 by the "little" North Western Railway. It was linked to Halton village by a railway-owned narrow toll bridge across the River Lune. A rebuilt version of the bridge is still in use, free of charge.
The original timber station was destroyed by fire on 3 April 1907. A spark from the engine of a passing Heysham–St Pancras boat train set fire to a wagon of oil drums by the goods shed. The fire brigade were unable to cross the narrow bridge and it was left to a special trainload of railway workers from Lancaster to pass buckets of water from the river. The station was rebuilt in brick and timber and the building survives to this day, used as storage by Lancaster University Rowing Club, with a public car park occupying the former track bed.
The station closed on 3 January 1966, along with the whole line between Wennington and Morecambe. No other station survives. Cyclists and walkers can travel along the former line in either direction. Beneath the trackbed, east of the station, can be heard running water that is extracted from the river to an underground pumping station in Quernmore Park.
- Butt, p.112
- Suggitt, p.17
- Vinter, pp.137–8
- Suggitt, p.16
- Vinter, p.137
- Butt, R. V. J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations: details every public and private passenger station, halt, platform and stopping place, past and present (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 978-1-85260-508-7. OCLC 60251199.
- Suggitt, G. (2003, revised 2004) Lost Railways of Lancashire, Countryside Books, Newbury, ISBN 1-85306-801-2
- Vinter, J. (1990), Railway Walks: LMS, Alan Sutton Publishing Ltd, Stroud, ISBN 0-86299-735-6
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- "Millennium Park Cycle Route & Walk", Leeds–Lancaster–Morecambe Railway website, accessed 19 December 2008
- "Disused Stations Site Record — Halton (near Lancaster)", accessed 19 December 2008
|Preceding station||Disused railways||Following station|
"Little" North Western Railway
|Lancaster Green Ayre|