Amberswood (Hindley)
LocationHindley, Wigan
Coordinates53°32′11″N 2°35′18″W / 53.5365°N 2.5882°W / 53.5365; -2.5882Coordinates: 53°32′11″N 2°35′18″W / 53.5365°N 2.5882°W / 53.5365; -2.5882
Grid referenceSD611045
Other information
Original companyLancashire Union Railway
Key dates
1 January 1872Station opened
1 March 1872Station closed to passengers[1]
c1970Station closed completely
Lines around Wigan in 1907
Lines around Wigan in 1907

Amberswood (Hindley) railway station was in Hindley, Wigan (now in Greater Manchester, England) on the Whelley Loop section of the Lancashire Union Railway. The station was situated where the A577 passed under the line.


The two stations on the Whelley Loop - Amberswood and Whelley - 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.[2]


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, bypassing Wigan altogether.[3][4]


On 24 July 1900, a passenger train was derailed at Amberswood, killing one person.[5]

The station in the 21st Century

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

Preceding station   Disused railways   Following station
Line and station closed
  London and North Western Railway
Lancashire Union Railway
  Hindley South
Line and station closed
Line and station closed
Line closed, station open


  1. ^ Butt 1995, p. xxx.
  2. ^ Amberswood Station, Disused Stations, retrieved 4 November 2015
  3. ^ Pixton 1996, p. 119
  4. ^ "Trains over unusual routes 1964 via psul". Archived from the original on 3 September 2015. Retrieved 4 November 2015.
  5. ^ Spence 1975, p. 76


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