Oldham Werneth railway station

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Oldham Werneth
Oldham Werneth railway station in 1988.jpg
Oldham Werneth railway station in 1988
Place Werneth
Area Oldham
Coordinates 53°32′20″N 2°07′41″W / 53.5389°N 2.1281°W / 53.5389; -2.1281Coordinates: 53°32′20″N 2°07′41″W / 53.5389°N 2.1281°W / 53.5389; -2.1281
Grid reference SD915047
Pre-grouping Northern
Platforms 2
Annual rail passenger usage
2004/05 *   38,804
2005/06 * Decrease 38,409
2006/07 * Decrease 35,006
2007/08 * Increase 38,248
2008/09 * Increase 55,908
31 March 1842 Opened as Oldham
c.1849 Renamed Oldham Werneth
3 October 2009 Closed
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
* Annual passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Oldham Werneth from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Please note: methodology may vary year on year.
Closed railway stations in Britain
170433 at Edinburgh Waverley.JPG UK Railways portal

Oldham Werneth railway station was situated on the Oldham Loop Line, 6¼ miles (10 km) north east of Manchester Victoria. The station was situated on Featherstall Road South, in the Werneth area of Oldham, in Greater Manchester, England. Opened on 31 March 1842 it was the oldest of the six railway stations that at one time existed in Oldham.[1]

It predominantly served local Chadderton, Westwood and Werneth residents. The station, and all trains serving it, were operated by Northern Rail.

The station was built originally to serve the Platt Bros. of Oldham, a huge cotton spinning engineering company, who had their headquarters in Werneth. However, this company no longer exists.

The Middleton Junction and Oldham Branch Railway formerly ran from Werneth Station down to Middleton Junction. The line included the Werneth Incline which had a gradient of 1 in 27, and was one of the steepest stretches of line regularly used for passenger traffic in the country. The branch line closed on 7 January 1963.[2]

The Oldham Werneth to Thorpes Bridge Junction, Newton Heath line which opened on 17 May 1880 was built to avoid the Werneth Incline. It approached Werneth station from the Manchester direction on a separate two track formation adjacent to the Incline. There was a flat junction between the two lines just beyond Werneth Signal Box and close to the platform ends of the station.[3]

Oldham Werneth railway station closed on 3 October 2009 when work started on the conversion of the Oldham Loop Line to Manchester Metrolink. The area is now served by the nearby Westwood tram stop.


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

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

Preceding station Historical railways Following station
Hollinwood   L&YR
Oldham Loop Line
  Oldham Central
Disused railways
Middleton Junction   L&YR
Werneth Incline
  Oldham Central