Royton railway station

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Place Royton
Area Oldham
Coordinates 53°33′54″N 2°07′09″W / 53.56495°N 2.11924°W / 53.56495; -2.11924Coordinates: 53°33′54″N 2°07′09″W / 53.56495°N 2.11924°W / 53.56495; -2.11924
Grid reference SD921076
Original company Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway
Pre-grouping Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway
Post-grouping London, Midland and Scottish Railway
21 March 1864 (1864-03-21) Opened
1916 Closed
1919 Reopened
18 April 1966 (1966-04-18) Closed
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
170433 at Edinburgh Waverley.JPG UK Railways portal

Royton Railway Station which opened on 21 March 1864 served the town of Royton, England. It was at the end of a short branch line from Royton Junction railway station on the Oldham Loop Line. Royton closed to goods services on 2 November 1964, and to passengers services on 16 April 1966.[1]


There were two serious accidents at Royton Station.

The first was on 31 October 1908. A goods train from Aintree ran out of control on the gradient between Royton Junction and Royton Station. It crashed into an empty train at Royton. The fireman of the goods train was killed, and the driver severely injured.[2]

The second was at around 6:12 am on 8 February 1961 when the driver of a diesel multiple-unit passenger train lost control on the gradient down to Royton Station. The train was being run empty, although there was one railway employee on board as a passenger. Neither the passenger nor the train guard was injured. The driver of the train was slightly injured when he leapt from the cab of the train just before it collided with the buffer stop at Royton. The train came to rest 30 yards beyond the buffer stop, crossing High Barn Street and crashing into some houses. Three houses were slightly damaged, and two severely damaged. No fatal or severe injuries to the public resulted in these two houses since one of them was a lock up shop, and in the other the occupants were upstairs at the time. Five people from the damaged houses were however taken to hospital suffering from shock and bruises, and in one case also a fractured clavicle. All were eventually discharged.[3]


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Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Royton Junction
Line and station closed
  Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway
Royton branch