Notes: Bolton Great Moor Street was situated at the end of
the Kenyon Junction to Bolton line which had opened in stages
from 1828 to 1831 as the 'Bolton and Leigh Railway'. The first
section of the line from Bolton to Chequerbent opened on 28.8.1828.
The line had been engineered by George Stephenson and it was
one of his locomotives, the Lancashire Witch, that made the
inaugural run. The line had reached Leigh by March 1830 but
it was not until 2.6.1831 when the line had reached Kenyon Junction
on the famous Liverpool and Manchester Railway that passenger
services began. The first passenger run was an excursion from
Bolton to Newton for a horse racing event.
Early station facilities at Bolton would have been quite basic
and a service of two trains per day from Bolton to Liverpool
began on 13.6.1831. The station was initially known as Bolton
with Great Moor Street being added in October 1849.
The original station was at street level. This was replaced
by a temporary station, Bolton Crook Street on 1.8.1871. A contemporary
newspaper report states "consequent upon the erection of
a new station in a few days, the present passenger station at
Bolton would be closed and a temporary opened in the goods yard
at Crook Street, probably in a warehouse alongside Chandos Street".
This temporary station was replaced by the new Bolton Great
Moor Street built in a classic 'Italian' style on 28.9.1874.
This was on approximately the same site as the original station
but ten feet higher.
The station and its approaches were on a viaduct and it consisted
of four platform faces of 300ft length. They covered over by
a roof and provided with extensive waiting facilities. The rebuild
had come about as a new direct line to Manchester had been authorised
which would allow the LNWR, by this time the owning company,
to compete with the L&Y who had a direct line between Bolton
and Manchester. The direct line opened from Greet Moor Street
to Roe Green on 1.4.1875. By the mid 1930's over 20 services
operated from Great Moor Street along the Kenyon Junction line
with fewer but still significant services along the Manchester
After nationalisation in 1948 the value of having two lines
from Manchester to Bolton was being questioned. The Great Moor
Street service took longer than the ex L&Y route. By 1954
only four trains per day operated towards Manchester. The Kenyon
line had also declined and only six trains operated to either
Kenyon Junction or Warrington. All regular services operating
out of Bolton Great Moor Street ceased to operate on 27.3.1954.
The last train was the 10.35pm to Kenyon Junction.
After closure Rugby League Specials and Holiday trains continued
to use the station until 1958. Goods traffic continued until
the early 1960's. The Manchester direct line was the first to
be lifted. The Kenyon line was lifted in stages between 1963
and 1969 the southernmost section surviving the longest.
Bolton Great Moor Street station was demolished in 1966 and
replaced with a leisure pool which was itself demolished in
2003. Today there are no traces of the station and the site
has been partially redeveloped.
To see the other
stations on the Bolton Great Moor Street - Kenyon Junction line
click on the station name: Kenyon
West Leigh, Atherleigh,
Atherton Bag Lane,
Daubhill 1st &