Whelley railway station

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Place Whelley
Area Wigan
Coordinates 53°33′17″N 2°36′49″W / 53.5547°N 2.6137°W / 53.5547; -2.6137Coordinates: 53°33′17″N 2°36′49″W / 53.5547°N 2.6137°W / 53.5547; -2.6137
Grid reference SD594066
Original company Lancashire Union Railway, "Whelley Loop"
Pre-grouping London and North Western Railway
Post-grouping London Midland and Scottish Railway
Platforms 2[1]
1 January 1872 Station opened
1 March 1872 Station closed to passengers[2]
c1970 Station closed completely
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
170433 at Edinburgh Waverley.JPG UK Railways portal
Lines around Wigan in 1907

Whelley railway station was in Whelley, Wigan (now in Greater Manchester, England) on the Whelley Loop section of the Lancashire Union Railway. The station was situated where the B5238 bridged the line.


The two stations on the Whelley Loop - Whelley and Amberswood - are believed to be among the shortest lived passenger stations in the country, opening at the beginning of 1872 and closing in March of the same year. Their goods yards remained open until the Whelley loop closed in the 1970s.[3]


The key purpose of the Whelley Loop was to enable trains to avoid Wigan. It is therefore surprising that passenger stations were even constructed on the loop. All lines to or through Wigan were radial, as the accompanying map shows. The loop was connected to every one of them, allowing trains arriving at Wigan from all points except Southport and Pemberton to leave Wigan to all points, without gridlocking the centre.

The dominant traffic was goods, especially coal, but passenger diversions used the line from time to time.

The loop came into its own in passenger terms with Summer seaside specials, notably to and from Blackpool. Pixton, for example, has a fine 1961 shot of a Summer Saturday Sheffield to Blackpool train at Lowton St Mary's. It would bear right at Hindley South onto the Whelley Loop and then join the WCML at Standish, bipassing Wigan altogether.[4][5]

There is a now school called Canon Sharples C.E Primary School next to the loop line.[6]

The station in the 21st Century[edit]

The station has been demolished. The trackbed is a public footpath.

Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Red Rock
Line and station closed
  London and North Western Railway
Lancashire Union Railway
  Amberswood (Hindley)
Line and station closed
Line and station closed
Line closed, station open


  1. ^ Suggitt 2004, p. 64.
  2. ^ Butt 1995, p. xxx.
  3. ^ Whelley Station, Disused Stations, retrieved 2011-01-07 
  4. ^ Pixton 1996, p. 119
  5. ^ Trains over unusual routes 1964 via psul
  6. ^ The school via its website


  • 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. ISBN 978-1-85260-508-7. OCLC 60251199. 
  • Pixton, Bob (1996), The Archive Photographs Series Widnes and St Helens Railways, The Chalford Publishing Company, ISBN 978-0-7524-0751-7 
  • Suggitt, Gordon (2004). Lost Railways of Merseyside and Greater Manchester. Newbury: Countryside Books. ISBN 978-1-85306-869-0. 

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