Friends of Littleborough Stations

Newsletter - September 2018


To the latest FOLS newsletter.  Our publication plans for 2018 have gone awry, but we hope you enjoy this edition, which will be distributed to members and posted in local shops and notice boards on the stations.

Discover Amazing Women by Rail

Our joint project with Mid Cheshire Community Rail Partnership and Community Rail Lancashire has received wide acclaim and very positive responses. Copies have been received at Buckingham Palace; Kensington Palace; 10 Downing Street and many other places! Press and media coverage has been excellent.

The project has been shortlisted for the Best Marketing or Communications Campaign in the 2018 Community Rail Awards. In addition, our Chair, Richard Lysons, who was chief researcher for the project has been shortlisted for the Outstanding Volunteer Contribution category in the same awards!

The Community Rail Awards ceremony take place in Glasgow on October 4th so please keep your fingers crossed!

Copies of the booklet are available at Littleborough Coach House, Littleborough’s History Centre and local libraries – or you can check it out online at, where you will find an equally amazing array of resources and further information.

Platform Extensions

Both Littleborough and Smithy Bridge platforms are being extended to allow 6-car trains to stop at each station. Work has already started at Smithy Bridge. We have longer term plans for Smithy Bridge Station which was reopened as a "temporary" station 33 years ago.

Flower Tubs at Littleborough Station

Thanks to Mike and Ruth for their continued hard work on the station. They are carrying on the splendid work that Maggie and Annie did for many years. Despite some setbacks the tubs continue to enhance "our" station and we are grateful to our gardeners past and present.

We could always do with more help, so please contact us through the FOLS website if you can assist.

Electric Railway Charter

Rail user groups in Rochdale, Calderdale and Bradford have joined forces to launch an Electric Railway Charter to campaign for electrification for the whole Calder Valley Line (i.e. Manchester Victoria to Bradford & Leeds and Todmorden via Burnley & Blackburn to Preston). They want this to happen soon, irrespective of any long term Northern Powerhouse plans for many decades ahead.

Please let your Councillors and MP know about your support for this.  FOLS was established several years ago to campaign for ramp access to the platforms at Littleborough Station. Result … campaigning can work!  For further details go to:

Letter to the Editor

For some years as a schoolboy in the 1950s I lived in Hurstead, and walked across the fields to Smithy Bridge station daily (1953-57) to catch a steam train to Victoria station and thence to Manchester Grammar School. All regulars had our own mug for tea while we waited for trains. if I dug my way out of my home due to snow I could leave the shovel at the station to collect in the afternoon. I was often given a daily newspaper wrapped around a piece of orange box wood to throw out of the train window into the open signal box window to the signalman at Clegg Hall.

This all went well until one day the wood came out of the newspaper and broke a window. I lost my 'job’. I grew up in Littleborough as my parents were Jewish refugees from Hitler and we were made very welcome locally. Lancashire Tanning Company if anyone remembers?

Warm greetings, Francis Treuherz

Train Services on the Calder Valley Line

The last three months has seen strikes; cancellations and late running trains. Many rail travellers, including FOLS members, have been forced to use other methods of transport in order to get to work, hospital, or even to go on days out. FOLS hopes that things will improve and we have made our feelings known at many meetings and forums with the appropriate people.

The arrival of new rolling stock later in the year will help. YOU can help by giving feedback through the Northern App, website, social media or call centre.


Our AGM will be held in the History Centre at Littleborough Station at 7pm on Monday 8thOctober 2018.  All, welcome!

Useful Contacts




(t) 0800 2020 6060

British Transport Police

To report non-emergencies, such as anti-social behaviour, text 61016 or phone 0800 405040 

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