Oldham Mumps railway station

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Oldham Mumps
Oldham Mumps railway station, Greater Manchester, geograph-3795244-by-Nigel-Thompson.jpg
Oldham Mumps in 2009.
Place Oldham
Local authority Oldham
Coordinates 53°32′28″N 2°06′08″W / 53.541°N 2.1022°W / 53.541; -2.1022Coordinates: 53°32′28″N 2°06′08″W / 53.541°N 2.1022°W / 53.541; -2.1022
Station code OLM
Managed by Northern Rail
Number of platforms 2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05   0.285 million
2005/06 Decrease 0.263 million
2006/07 Steady 0.263 million
2007/08 Increase 0.298 million
2008/09 Increase 0.387 million
Passenger Transport Executive
PTE Greater Manchester
1 November 1847 Opened
3 October 2009 Closed for Metrolink conversion
National RailUK railway stations
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Oldham Mumps from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Oldham Mumps was a railway station, opened in 1847, which served the town of Oldham, Greater Manchester, England. The station was a primary station located on the Oldham Loop Line 12 km (7½ miles) north east of Manchester Victoria. At the time of closure, it was operated and managed by Northern Rail.

The station, and the Oldham Loop Line were closed in October 2009 for conversion into a Manchester Metrolink tram line, renamed as the Oldham and Rochdale Line (ORL) and the station was demolished in 2010. Between 2012, and 2014, a temporary tram stop operated on the site of the station, until this was closed and replaced by a permanent tram stop a short distance away.

The name of the station survives in the present Oldham Mumps tram stop which is located a short distance north of the former railway station, on the realigned track of the Oldham town centre tram line.


Railway station (1847–2009)[edit]

Oldham Mumps railway station opened on 1 November 1847[1] to serve the town of Oldham. The station was a primary station located on the Oldham Loop Line 7 12 mi (12.1 km) north east of Manchester Victoria.

The name of the station is taken from its situation within the Mumps area of Oldham, which itself probably derived from the archaic word "mumper", slang for a beggar.[2]

The first railway to reach Oldham was a branch line which opened in March 1842, constructed by the Manchester and Leeds Railway (M&LR). This line ran from a junction at Middleton, from the Manchester to Leeds line which had opened the previous year, to Oldham Werneth railway station: Oldham Werneth was located inconveniently at the edge of the town centre, so in 1847, the line was extended one mile to Oldham Mumps station. By this time the Manchester and Leeds Railway had become part of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway (LYR).[1]

In August 1863, a six-mile (10km) extension was opened from Oldham Mumps to Rochdale, also connecting to the Manchester-Leeds line, effectively creating a loop from Middleton to Rochdale.[1]

The line between Middleton and Oldham was steeply inclined and therefore difficult to work; until 1854 the line had been cable-worked. In 1873, the LYR obtained an act to build a more direct, and less steeply inclined line between Oldham and Manchester, running via Failsworth, and joining the Manchester-Leeds line at Thorpes Bridge Junction. This line was opened in May 1880, therefore completing what became known as the Oldham Loop Line. The original line from Middleton to Oldham closed in 1964.[1]

In the 1957, the main station building was rebuilt by British Railways. This building was later demolished in the 1990s, and the station facilities were concentrated on the main island platform, which was reached by an underpass.[1] The station was reached across the dual-carriageway Oldham bypass, a difficult walk from the town centre.

The station closed due to the conversion of the line to Metrolink on 3 October 2009 and, by May 2010, had been completely demolished.[1] The station canopy has been saved. It was bought by the East Lancashire Railway after a successful public fund-raising campaign.[3][4] It is hoped that the canopy will be installed at Bury Bolton Street.

Temporary tram stop (2012–14)[edit]

The temporary Oldham Mumps tram stop.

In June 2010, the Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive (GMPTE) announced that as part of the conversion of the former Oldham loop, it would submit a planning application for a temporary Metrolink terminus at Oldham Mumps, close to the site of the former railway station. Services to the temporary terminus commenced on Wednesday 13 June 2012[5]

The temporary tram stop was reached by crossing Oldham Way or could be accessed by the free Metroshuttle service, which linked the station with the town centre and bus station.[6]

The "temporary" Oldham Mumps tram stop was used as an interim measure, while the new street running tram line through Oldham town centre was built, and was closed on 18 January 2014. Its closure allowed for a 1.5 mile (2.4km) stretch of track which had run through the station to be permanently abandoned.[7]

Permanent tram stop[edit]

The permanent tram stop opened on 27 January 2014, along with the Oldham town centre tram line[8] on the site of the former B&Q store and is also a bus interchange.

The site since closure[edit]

In 2014, Oldham council unveiled plans to redevelop the former station site and abandoned line, with a new retail and housing development called Prince’s Gate.[9]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Oldham Mumps". Disused Stations. Retrieved 2012-06-25. 
  2. ^ Gibb 2005, p. 28.
  3. ^ "East Lancs offered Oldham canopy – but needs your help" (PDF). Railway Herald (211). 2010-02-08. Retrieved 2010-02-09. 
  4. ^ "Historic canopy saved for railway". BBC News. 2010-02-23. Retrieved 2010-03-29. 
  5. ^ "Metrolink line to Oldham set to open". Transport for Greater Manchester. Retrieved 8 June 2012. 
  6. ^ "Metroshuttle bus service". Oldham Council. Retrieved 30 July 2012. 
  7. ^ "Trams come to Oldham town centre". Railway Gazette. Retrieved 14 February 2016. 
  8. ^ http://www.placenorthwest.co.uk/news/archive/14978-date-set-for-oldham-metrolink-line.html
  9. ^ "Prince’s Gate at Oldham Mumps". Oldham Council. Retrieved 28 February 2016. 

External links[edit]

The Oldham Loop Line
Stations (anticlockwise from Manchester)
(*) Closed 3 October 2009

Dean Lane (*)
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Hollinwood (*)
Oldham Werneth (*)
Oldham Mumps (*)
Derker (*)
Shaw and Crompton (*)
New Hey (*)
Milnrow (*)

Historical railways
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