David A Flitcroft
In 1974 I was still working at Farnworth Grammar School which was close by the Manchester to Bolton line and so was able to spend some time by the line at lunchtime and after school. The stretch of line by Kearsley station was in easy reach and gave good views of the line.The West Coast Main Line electrification was completed and full electric services began with the summer timetable on the 5th May. Much of the work of the claa 50s disappeared and their transfer to Western Region continued apace.
First shot of the year in the first week of January, Merseyrail stock stabled in the former steam shead at Bury. Presumably for attention at the Buery emu depot behind.
Also in January the former East Lancashire Railway headquarters at Bury Bolton Street in process of demolition. Taken from an emu about to leave for Manchester.
30th January. A Blackburn to Manchester Victoria service formed of a BRCW three car unit has just left Farnworth tunnel. Snow on the appropriately named Winter Hill in the background.
Manchester - Blackburn - Manchester services pass at Kearsley station.
31st January. Two shots of 24023 with the Newton Heath breakdown train, here passing the signalbox by Kearsley sidings
and running towards Farnworth Tunnels.
6th February. '50' 437 has just emerged from Farnworth Tunnel with the morning Glasgow to Manchester Victoria train.
22nd February. The 14.30 Bury to Manchester Victoria emu has just left Heaton Park station and is about to enter Heaton Park tunnel.
23rd February. A 'Cravens' two car dmu leaves Oldham Mumps station with an afternoon train from Shaw to Manchester Victoria.This unit is one of the sets provided when the line was dieselised in the late 1950s. Both cars were powered to cope with the steep grades on this route.The former cotton warehouse was still in use for parcels traffic. Mumps station is on the former L&Y line from manchester to Rochdale. A few hundred yards behind behind the photographer used to be Central station (which was anything but!) also on the L&Y line. Just above the rear of the unit can be seen Glodwick (silent w) Road bridge beneath which went the L&NWR line to Greenfield (on the Stalybridge to Huddersfield line). Just to this side of the bridge was Glodwick Road station. The tracks to the right were formerly part of The Oldham, Ashton and Guide Bridge Junction Railway (L&NWR and Great Central joint). Clegg Street station, which was perhaps the largest of Oldham's stations, was on the OA&GB a little way behind the camera on the lines to the right.
3rd April. 50 010 had recently recieved it's new number, seen passing Kearsley station ona rather misty day.
5th April. 40010 has an up freight and has just passed through Farnworth tunnel
8th May. 24 025 heads a freight from Horwich through Kearsley.
15th May. A BRCW dmu near Pendlebury on the L&Y's direct line to Liverpool, avoiding Bolton. This used to be a four track main line.Just in front of the row of vans is the site of Agecroft mpd, Agecroft Colliery to the left.