Middleton Junction railway station

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Middleton Junction Railway Station was on the Caldervale Line, from 1842 until closure on 3 January 1966. It was located at Lane End in Chadderton, a former hamlet which later adopted the place-name Middleton Junction after the area expanded after the opening of the railway. It was opened on 31 March 1842 by the Manchester and Leeds Railway, whose chief engineer was George Stephenson, as part of the branch to Oldham Werneth. The station was originally called Oldham Junction but by August 1842 it was known as Middleton Station, changing its name to Middleton Junction some ten years later.

The line was notable for a stretch of steep 1 in 27 gradient called the Werneth Incline.[1] On 12 August 1914 a goods and coal depot was opened at Chadderton. This was at the end of a 1097 yards long line which branched off the Oldham line approximately 400 yards from Middleton Junction at Chadderton Junction. The line from Chadderton Junction to Oldham was closed to passengers in 1958 and completely on 7 January 1963[2] but the Chadderton goods and coal depot remained open and in use until 1988 (the track was eventually lifted in September 1991).[3]

A branch line from Middleton Junction to Middleton was opened on 5 January 1857, closing to passengers on 7 September 1964 (as a result of the Beeching Axe)[4] and completely on 11 October 1965.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Marshall, p.41
  2. ^ Marshall, p.145
  3. ^ "The history of Chadderton Goods and the trains that worked there" Chadderton Goods Branch website; Retrieved 29 March 2016
  4. ^ "Rail doctor’s medicine proved fatal for Middleton station" Jones, Chris, Manchester Evening News 11 April 2013; Retrieved 29 March 2016
  • The Manchester and Leeds Railway by Martin Bairstow
  • Marshall, J. (1981) Forgotten Railways: North-West England, David & Charles (Publishers) Ltd, Newton Abbott. ISBN 0-7153-8003-6


Oldham Lines
 Past, Present and Future 
Kirklees South Lines
to Huddersfield
Delph
Diggle
Measurements
Dobcross
Saddleworth
Uppermill
Moorgate Halt
Friezland
Tameside Lines
to Tameside
Rochdale Lines
to Rochdale
Greenfield
Shaw and Crompton
Tameside Lines
to Tameside
Royton
Grasscroft
Royton Junction
Grotton and Springhead
Derker
Lees
Oldham Mumps
Oldham Glodwick Road
Oldham Central
Oldham Central(L&YR)
Oldham King Street
Oldham Clegg Street
Westwood
Oldham Werneth
Tameside Lines
to Ashton
Chadderton
Freehold
Middleton Junction and
Oldham Branch Railway
South Chadderton
Rochdale Lines
to Middleton and Rochdale
Hollinwood
Middleton Junction
Failsworth
Manchester Lines North
to Manchester
Manchester Lines North
to Manchester


Preceding station Historical railways Following station
Manchester Oldham Road
to 1844
Line and station closed
Miles Platting
1844–1853
Newton Heath
1853–1872
Line open, stations closed
Moston
from 1872
Line and station open
  L&YR
Middleton branch
  Middleton
Line and station closed
  L&YR
Caldervale Line
  Mills Hill
Line and station open
  L&YR
MJOBR
  Oldham Werneth
Line and station closed

Coordinates: 53°32′27″N 2°10′13″W / 53.5408°N 2.1704°W / 53.5408; -2.1704