Friends of Littleborough Stations

175th Anniversary


On Friday July 4th, while Americans were celebrating Independence Day, the people of Littleborough were marking a much more relevant anniversary - 175 years since trains came to their station.

Outside the railway station pupils from Holy Trinity and Littleborough Community Primary School Bands kept the growing crowd of residents, rail enthusiasts and special guests, including Rochdale’s Mayoress, Mrs Beverley Place, entertained, before Simon Danczuk MP unveiled a special commemorative plaque outside the station's booking office. The plaque was sponsored by local firm, Fothergill Engineered Fabrics Ltd..

Rae Street, Chair of the Friends of Littleborough Stations,(FoLSs) welcomed everyone and spoke briefly of the proud history of the station, as well as the group's ongoing campaign for better waiting facilities at the station and electrification of the Calder Valley Line. She expressed thanks to the Littleborough Historical and Archaeological Society whose History Centre occupies the station buildings on the Yorkshire-bound platform, for the use of the Centre on this very special day. Rae introduced Mr Danczuk who - in his own speech - stressed how much the railways had democratised transport for working people, enabling them to travel by train for work and recreation.

Light refreshments were served in the History Centre where copies of a booklet on the history of the station, written by Sheila Wild, acting secretary of the station friends group, were on sale. Copies of the history are available through the contcats from, price £3.75, including postage. 

Contact Information

Friends of Littleborough Stations

Meeting times

The Friends of Littleborough Stations (FoLS) meets quarterly at The History Centre accessed via the Leeds platform at Littleborough Station.  See the Meetings page on our website for meeting dates.

FoLS members also meet up at regular intervals to undertake works to both Littleborough and Smithy Bridge Stations, as well as participating in the train company's annual Santa Specia to/from Manchester Victoria