Park Bridge
General information
LocationAshton-under-Lyne, Tameside
England
Coordinates53°31′00″N 2°05′34″W / 53.5166°N 2.0929°W / 53.5166; -2.0929Coordinates: 53°31′00″N 2°05′34″W / 53.5166°N 2.0929°W / 53.5166; -2.0929
Grid referenceSD 939 022
Other information
StatusDisused
History
Original companyOldham, Ashton and Guide Bridge Junction Railway (OA&GB)
Pre-groupingOA&GB
Post-groupingOA&GB
Key dates
26 August 1861 (1861-08-26)Station opened
by 1925Goods yard closed
4 May 1959 (1959-05-04)Station closed to passengers
1912 map of railway lines in the area
1912 map of railway lines in the area

Park Bridge Railway Station was a railway station on the Oldham, Ashton-under-Lyne and Guide Bridge Junction Railway (OA&GB) that served the village of Park Bridge, in the Medlock Valley near Ashton-under-Lyne's border with Oldham. It was sometimes known as Parkbridge, and one photograph of the station shows the station name board with the name as one word and immediately adjacent the signal box with it shown as two.[1] The station opened on 26 August 1861 when the line opened.[a][3]

The station was located on an embankment leading up to the south side of the viaduct over the River Medlock. The main station building was on the eastern, down, side of the running lines leading on to the shorter of two platforms.[b] There was an access road and ramp from the Park Bridge Iron Works access road.[5]

A waiting shelter was provided on the other, longer, up platform, which appeared to be constructed from baulks of timber, perhaps re-used sleepers. Access to this platform was via steps up the embankment from a footpath that ran along the bottom of the embankment.[5]

There were several goods sidings to the east of the station with no facilities other than a weighing machine. A branch led from the sidings into the Iron Works.[5]

In 1861 the station was served by eight down trains and six up on weekdays, with five services each way on Sundays.[6] By 1895 the station had twenty three OA&GB services each way with an extra one on Saturdays. there were eleven services each way on Sundays.[7] In addition there were three LNWR services to Stockport, but none in the other direction.[8]

Goods services at the station stopped sometime between 1912 and 1925, with only private siding traffic being handled afterwards. The private siding closed in February 1964.[9]

The passenger station closed on 4 May 1959 following the withdrawal of passenger services on the line.[10][11]

Park Bridge viaduct was 200 yards (180 m) long and 96.5 feet (29.4 m) high with nine arches of 50 feet (15 m), it was reconstructed in 1960 as the line continued to handle heavy parcels traffic until 1967. The viaduct was demolished in February and March 1971.[12]

After the lines closure Granada Television's "Inheritance" series filmed a staged crash of 1850 on the embankment.[13]


Preceding station   Disused railways   Following station
Oldham Road, Ashton   Oldham, Ashton and Guide Bridge Railway

Leased jointly by L&NW & GC

  Oldham Clegg Street


References

Notes

  1. ^ The Oldham, Ashton-under-Lyne and Guide Bridge Junction Railway was the full name of the railway as defined in its enabling Act, it was often shortened by the omission of -under-Lyne and Junction.[2]
  2. ^ Down trains usually headed away from the major conurbation, usually London, some railway companies ran 'up' to their headquarters location, in this case 'up' trains were going to Oldham Clegg Street and 'down' trains to Manchester London Road.[4]

Citations

  1. ^ Hooper 1991, p. 39.
  2. ^ "Oldham, Ashton-under-Lyne and Guide Bridge Junction Railway: An Act for the Construction of Railways to supply direct Communication between Oldham, Ashton-under-Lyne, and Guide Bridge, and for the Accommodation of the Neighbourhood. Local Act, 20 & 21 Victoria I, c. cxxxvii". UK Parliamentary Archives. 1857. Retrieved 24 June 2021.
  3. ^ Quick 2019, p. 314.
  4. ^ Simmons 1997, p. 548.
  5. ^ a b c "Ordnance Survey 25 inch map Lancashire XCVII.14 (Alt; Bardsley; Oldham)". National Library of Scotland. 1894. Retrieved 3 July 2021.
  6. ^ Dow 1959, p. 286.
  7. ^ Bradshaw 2011, table 461.
  8. ^ Bradshaw 2011, table 333.
  9. ^ Clinker 1978, p. 106.
  10. ^ Quick 2019, p. 53.
  11. ^ Hurst 1992, p. 14 (ref 0657).
  12. ^ Marshall 1981, pp. 57–59.
  13. ^ "Panorama: An 1850 crash staged". The Railway Magazine. 113 (797): 522. September 1967.

Bibliography

Further reading

  • Bairstow, Martin (1987). The Manchester and Leeds Railway:The Calder Valley Line. ISBN 9780951030264.