Wigan Branch Railway

Introduction

This line runs from Wigan to Parkside on the Liverpool and Manchester Railway. It now forms part of the West Coast Main Line.



It merged with the Preston and Wigan Railway to form the North Union Railway.






Dates

  /  /1838Wigan Branch Railway
Preston and Wigan Railway
North Union Railway
Wigan Branch Railway and Preston and Wigan Railway merge to form the North Union Railway.
  /  /1970Caledonian Railway Lancaster and Carlisle Railway Lancaster and Preston JunctionRailway Preston and Wigan Railway Wigan Branch Railway Warrington and Newton Railway Grand Junction Railway
Weaver Junction (south of Warrington) to Glasgow electrification authorised.

Locations along the line

These locations are along the line.



195123 slowly negotiates the tight curve at Lowton as it approaches Golborne Junction and the WCML heading to Windermere from Manchester Airport on ...
Mark Bartlett 08/02/2021
Lowton Junction, at the north end of the Parkside triangle, seen from half way along the curve from Newton-le-Willows Junction in February 2021. ...
Mark Bartlett 08/02/2021
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A pair of Voyagers head from Waverley to Euston at Golborne Junction on 22nd February 2021. On this short stretch of open line the four tracks from ...
Mark Bartlett 22/02/2021
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The goods shed at Golborne South, seen here in February 2021, is the only building to survive at the station site. Goods services finished in 1967, ...
Mark Bartlett 22/02/2021
390050 heads south passing the site of Golborne (South) station, which closed to passengers in 1961, on 22nd February 2021. The tracks diverge where ...
Mark Bartlett 22/02/2021
This is the site of Golborne South station, on the WCML which closed in 1961. The old ticket office was in the bricked up section of the bridge above ...
Michael Butterworth 16/06/2017
88002 ^Prometheus^ passed here northwards yesterday on what may be its final loaded test train ... consist of loaded stone wagons with 68025 ^Superb^ ...
Michael Butterworth 08/04/2017
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This remnant of the St. Helens Central branch survives in 2021 as a headshunt for trains to reverse into Edge Green stone terminal. This view looks ...
Mark Bartlett 22/02/2021
The Great Central branch to St. Helens Central meandered across south Lancashire from Lowton St. Marys on the Wigan Central branch but in 1968, long ...
Mark Bartlett 22/02/2021
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A double Virgin Super Voyager heads north at Bamfurlong on 18 June 2013. The station here only had platforms serving the slow lines (on the right) and ...
John McIntyre 18/06/2013
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DRS 88010 ^Aurora^ passes Springs Branch on 29th July 2020 while working the 4S44 Daventry to Mossend intermodal service. ...
John McIntyre 29/07/2020
769448 moves around the servicing facility at Springs Branch on 29 July 2020. If you look very closely you will see that the pantograph is down so it ...
John McIntyre 29/07/2020
An MPV negotiates the new track work that has been laid at Springs Branch Junction, on the former trackbed of the L&NWR Eccles, Tyldesley and Wigan ...
John McIntyre 08/03/2019
MPVs dominate the maintenance facility at Springs Branch on o8 March 2019, although one Class 08 shunter was also noticed outside the left hand shed ...
John McIntyre 08/03/2019
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