Darcy Lever
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Darcy Lever viaduct, seen from the north-west
General information
LocationDarcy Lever, Bolton
Grid referenceSD730083
Other information
Original companyLiverpool & Bury Railway
Pre-groupingLancashire and Yorkshire Railway
Post-groupingLondon, Midland and Scottish Railway
Key dates
20 November 1848 (1848-11-20)Station opened
29 October 1951 (1951-10-29)Station closed

Darcy Lever railway station served the Darcy Lever area of eastern Bolton between 1848 and 1951.


The station opened on 20 November 1848.[1] It was on the BuryBolton section of the Liverpool & Bury Railway, which opened on the same day.[2][3]

To the east of the station, the valley of the River Tonge is crossed by Darcy Lever viaduct, which is 86 feet (26 m) high. It has eight spans supported by stone piers: two spans are 54 ft (16 m) long, and six are 84 ft (26 m) long. Each consists of six lattice girders: two 14-foot-deep girders (4.3 m), which also form the parapets, flanking four which are 10 feet (3.0 m) deep. This viaduct, together with a shorter one of similar construction on the same line (over the River Croal at Burnden) was claimed by the Bolton Chronicle (18 November 1848) to be "the first of their kind in England".[4]

The station closed on 29 October 1951.[1]

Site of Darcy Lever Railway Station
Site of Darcy Lever Railway Station

See also


  1. ^ a b Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 76. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508.
  2. ^ Marshall, John (1969). The Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway, volume 1. Newton Abbot: David & Charles. pp. 132, 133. ISBN 0-7153-4352-1.
  3. ^ Conolly, W. Philip (January 1976). British Railways Pre-Grouping Atlas and Gazetteer (5th ed.). Shepperton: Ian Allan. p. 45, section B2. ISBN 0-7110-0320-3. EX/0176.
  4. ^ Marshall 1969, pp. 131, 273

Preceding station   Disused railways   Following station
Line closed, station open
  Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway
Liverpool & Bury Railway
  Bradley Fold
Line and station closed

Coordinates: 53°34′16″N 2°24′30″W / 53.571057°N 2.408433°W / 53.571057; -2.408433