Friends of Littleborough Stations

The History of Littleborough Station

1836 Manchester & Leeds Railway incorporated by Act of Parliament

3rd July 1839 Gala opening

1st March 1841 Summit Tunnel , then the longest in the world, opens

1840s Edmondson ticket system introduced at Littleborough

1847 Manchester & Leeds Railway becomes Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway

1872 Littleborough Local Board complains about the inadequacy of passenger accommodation at the Station

1870s New station buildings erected

1882 Interlocking of signalling & points completed

1892 Subway under the tracks opens

1897 Signal box opens

1914-18 War Troops stationed in the Army camp at Ealees set out for the front via Littleborough

1922 Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway combines with London & North Western Railway

1923 London & North Western Railway becomes part of  London Midland & Scottish Railway

1926 First aerial photograph of Littleborough Station

1930s Atlas Artificial Silk Mill closes down & Littleborough’s sidings and good yards begin to decline

1948 Britain’s rail network is nationalised. London Midland & Scottish becomes London Midland Region

1951 Commemorative plaque installed on outer wall of booking office in Stephenson Square

January 1971 Signal box closes

1973 Littleborough Civic Trust adopts a derelict site at the Station to make a garden

December 1984 Summit tunnel fire closes the line for eight months

April 1986 Littleborough Viaduct & entrance to summit tunnel are given Grade II British Listed Building status

1994 Britain’s rail network is privatised

March 1997 First North Western is awarded the franchise for passenger services

December 2004 Northern Rail is awarded the franchise for passenger services

2005 Friends of Littleborough Stations is formed

2006 Littleborough Viaduct is repaired

April 2012 Littleborough Historical & Archaeological Society re-open the Station buildings as Littleborough History Centre

November 2012 Access ramps are opened

4th July 2014 175th ANNIVERSARY


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