Tanhouse Lane railway station

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Tanhouse Lane
Place Widnes
Area Halton
Coordinates 53°21′46″N 2°42′41″W / 53.36278°N 2.71139°W / 53.36278; -2.71139Coordinates: 53°21′46″N 2°42′41″W / 53.36278°N 2.71139°W / 53.36278; -2.71139
Grid reference SJ527853
Original company Sheffield and Midland Railway Companies' Committee
Pre-grouping Sheffield and Midland Railway Companies' Committee
Post-grouping Sheffield and Midland Railway Companies' Committee
Platforms 2[1]
1 September 1890 (1890-09-01) Station opened as "Tanhouse"
Before 1922 Station renamed as "Tanhouse Lane"
5 October 1964 (1964-10-05) Station closed
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
170433 at Edinburgh Waverley.JPG UK Railways portal

Tanhouse Lane railway station is a closed station on the former Sheffield and Midland Railway Companies' Committee line, which formed a loop off the Cheshire Lines Committee (CLC) line in the Widnes area between Liverpool Central and Manchester Central.[2] It was opened on 1 September 1890 as "Tanhouse",[3] being changed later to "Tanhouse Lane". It closed on 5 October 1964.[4][5][6]

In 1922 13 "Down" (towards Liverpool) trains called on "Week Days" (Mondays to Saturdays). Eight ran from Warrington Central, two from Manchester Central and two started at Tanhouse Lane itself, all headed for Liverpool Central. One ran from Tanhouse Lane to Garston but by far the most exotic was the 12:15 from London Marylebone to Liverpool Central which called at Tanhouse Lane at 18:59. "Up" services were similar.[7]

The station was situated in an industrial area and was popular with workers travelling to and from it.[8] With the rise in the use of the motor car, the station was nominated for closure in the Beeching Report.[8][9] The final services ran on 3 October 1964, with the first service of the morning to terminate at Tanhouse Lane being a workmen's train;[8] and the station closed from 5 October 1964.[5][6] The goods yard remained in use until the late 1990s to serve the Blue Circle cement facility on Tanhouse Lane.[8] The area fell into dereliction[10] until a short section of the former Widnes Loop was converted into a heritage feature.[8] A short section of a wall from the station can still be seen.[8]

Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Widnes Central
Line and station closed
  Sheffield and Midland Railway Companies' Committee
Widnes Loop
Line closed, station open


  1. ^ Pixton 2007, p. 74.
  2. ^ Conolly, W. Philip (2004) [1958]. British Railways Pre-Grouping Atlas and Gazetteer. Hersham, Surrey: Ian Allan. p. 45, section D4. ISBN 978-0-7110-0320-0. 
  3. ^ Dow 1962, p. 128
  4. ^ "Disused Stations: Tanhouse Lane station". Disused Stations. 20 April 2010. Retrieved 19 April 2013. 
  5. ^ a b 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. p. 226. ISBN 978-1-85260-508-7. OCLC 60251199. 
  6. ^ a b Quick, Michael (2009) [2001]. Railway passenger stations in Great Britain: a chronology (4th ed.). Oxford: Railway and Canal Historical Society. p. 375. ISBN 978-0-901461-57-5. OCLC 612226077. 
  7. ^ Bradshaw 1922, pp. 720–5
  8. ^ a b c d e f "The GC & MR Joint". The 8D Association. October 2012. Retrieved 22 April 2013. 
  9. ^ Beeching, Richard (1963). "The Reshaping of British Railways" (PDF). HMSO. p. 120. 
  10. ^ Shannon & Hillmer 2003, p. 113


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