BOLTON GREAT MOOR STREET

PASSENGER TRAIN SERVICES

[Source: Paul Wright & Bevan Price]

When public passenger services were first introduced on 13 June 1831 there were two trains on weekdays in each direction between Bolton Great Moor Street and Liverpool Crown Street. Within a few years the service had increased and through coaches were run to Manchester and Warrington.

The opening of the GJR in 1837 provided further journey opportunities and direct trains were run to and from that line.

The March 1850 timetable showed seven trains in each direction on Monday-to-Saturday as shown in the table below. There were two arrivals and two departures on Sunday.

Departures March 1850

To

Arrivals March 1850

From

7.30am

Liverpool Lime Street

8.45am

Liverpool Lime Street

9.05am

Liverpool Lime Street

10.05am

Liverpool Lime Street

10.15am

Liverpool Lime Street

11.20am

Liverpool Lime Street

12.40pm

Liverpool Lime Street

2.05pm

Liverpool Lime Street

3.15pm

Liverpool Lime Street

4.35pm

Liverpool Lime Street

4.40pm

Kenyon Junction

5.35pm

Liverpool Lime Street

6.40pm

Liverpool Lime Street

8.15pm

Liverpool Lime Street

When the direct line to Manchester was opened on 1 April 1875 a service of ten trains in each direction was operated over it on weekdays as shown in the table below. The journey between Bolton Great Moor Street and London Euston took only six hours.

Departures 3 April 1875

To

Arrivals 3 April 1875

From

7.00am

Manchester Victoria

7.30am

Manchester Victoria

8.30am

London Euston

8.30am

Manchester Victoria

9.50am

Manchester Victoria

10.45am

Manchester Victoria

11.30am

Manchester Victoria

12.50pm

London Euston

2.05pm

Manchester Victoria

2.10pm

Manchester Victoria

3.05pm

London Euston

4.15pm

Manchester Victoria

5.00pm

Manchester Victoria

6.10pm

Manchester Victoria

6.40pm

Manchester Victoria

7.20pm

Manchester Victoria

8.05pm

Manchester Victoria

9.10pm

London Euston

9.30pm

Manchester Victoria

10.10pm

Manchester Victoria

The December 1895 timetable showed 27 departures and 25 arrivals on Monday-to-Friday as seen in the table below. There were an extra two trains each way on Saturday and there were three services each way on Sunday. Included in the timetable was a direct service between Bolton Great Moor Street and London Euston via Manchester.

Departures December 1895

To

Arrivals December 1895

From

5.45am

Kenyon Junction

7.28am

Manchester Exchange (Via Roe Lane)

6.50am

Manchester Exchange (Via Roe Lane)

8.31am

Kenyon Junction

8.00am

Kenyon Junction

8.47am

Manchester Exchange (Via Roe Lane)

8.10am

Manchester Exchange (Via Roe Lane)

9.20am

Kenyon Junction

8.40am

Warrington Bank Quay

10.09am

Monton Green

8.50am

Monton Green

10.15am

Kenyon Junction

9.15am

Kenyon Junction

11.08am

Liverpool Lime Street

9.23am

Manchester Exchange (Via Roe Lane)

11.11am

Manchester Exchange (Via Roe Lane)

9.40am

Liverpool Lime Street

11.56am

Warrington Bank Quay

10.35am

Kenyon Junction

1.03pm

Manchester Exchange (Via Roe Lane)

11.15am

London Euston

1.38pm

Manchester Exchange (via Atherton)

11.20am

Manchester Exchange (Via Roe Lane)

2.10pm

Kenyon Junction

12.35pm

Kenyon Junction

2.23pm

Manchester Exchange (Via Roe Lane)

1.15pm

Manchester Exchange (Via Roe Lane)

3.11pm

Manchester Exchange (via Atherton)

1.20pm

Manchester Exchange (via Atherton)

3.55pm

Manchester Exchange (Via Roe Lane)

2.05pm (Saturdays Only)

Manchester Exchange (Via Roe Lane)

4.18pm

Kenyon Junction

2.40pm

Kenyon Junction

5.02pm

London Euston

2.40pm

Manchester Exchange (Via Roe Lane)

5.33pm

Warrington Bank Quay

4.15pm

Kenyon Junction

6.09pm

Liverpool Lime Street

5.10pm

Warrington Bank Quay

6.19pm

Manchester Exchange (Via Roe Lane)

5.17pm

Manchester Exchange (Via Roe Lane)

7.10pm

Warrington Bank Quay

5.55pm

Kenyon Junction

7.28pm

Manchester Exchange (Via Roe Lane)

6.28pm

Manchester Exchange (Via Roe Lane)

9.28pm

Manchester Exchange (Via Roe Lane)

7.25pm

Liverpool Lime Street

9.36pm

Kenyon Junction

8.30pm

Kenyon Junction

10.08pm

Kenyon Junction

8.40pm

Manchester Exchange (Via Roe Lane)

10.09pm (Saturdays Only)

Manchester Exchange (Via Roe Lane)

9.30pm

Manchester Exchange (via Atherton)

11.09pm (Saturdays Only)

Manchester Exchange (Via Roe Lane)

10.45pm (Saturdays Only)

Manchester Exchange (Via Roe Lane)

10.50pm

Kenyon Junction

By 1906 colliers’ trains had been introduced between Bolton Great Moor Street and Hulton Colliery. There was a train in each direction on Monday-to-Saturday. Departure from Bolton Great Moor Street was at 5.35am. On Monday-to-Thursday the train arrived back at 4.41pm. On Friday it returned at 4.54pm and on Saturday at 1.56pm.

The July 1922 timetable showed 31 departures on Monday-to-Friday with a couple of extra workings on Saturday. There were no trains to or from Bolton Great Moor Street on Sunday.

The LMS timetable for the summer of 1932 showed 36 departures and 34 arrivals on Monday-to-Friday with a couple of extra trains on Saturday. There were still no Sunday trains.

The summer 1947 timetable showed 16 departures and 16 arrivals on Monday-to-Friday as shown in the table below. On Saturday there were 18 departures and 19 arrivals. No trains ran on Sunday. The services were evenly balanced between the Manchester and the Kenyon Junction lines.

Departures Summer 1947

To

Arrivals Summer 1947

From

6.30am

Manchester Exchange

7.07am

Manchester Exchange

6.45am

Kenyon Junction

7.12am

Kenyon Junction

7.25am

Manchester Exchange

8.13am

Manchester Exchange

7.28am

Kenyon Junction

8.33am

Kenyon Junction

8.07am

Manchester Exchange

8.46am

Manchester Exchange

8.20am

Kenyon Junction

12.49pm

Manchester Exchange

12.00 Noon (Saturday Only)

Kenyon Junction

1.03pm (Saturday Only)

Kenyon Junction

12.15pm

Monton Green

1.42pm

Monton Green

1.25pm (Saturday Only)

Manchester Exchange

1.52pm

Kenyon Junction

1.50pm

Kenyon Junction

1.56pm  (Saturday Only)

Monton Green

4.20pm

Kenyon Junction

4.59pm

Kenyon Junction

4.25pm

Monton Green

5.13pm (Saturdays Excepted)

Monton Green

5.05pm

Kenyon Junction

5.55pm

Kenyon Junction

5.25pm (Saturdays Excepted)

Monton Green

6.08pm

Manchester Exchange

5.45pm

Manchester Exchange

6.28pm

Kenyon Junction

6.03pm

Kenyon Junction

7.04pm

Monton Green

8.30pm

Kenyon Junction

7.46pm

Kenyon Junction

8.55pm (Saturdays Only)

Manchester Exchange

7.50pm

Manchester Exchange

10.20pm

Manchester Exchange

9.31pm (Saturday Only)

Manchester Exchange

9.40pm (Saturday Only)

Kenyon Junction

The 1953 BR(LMR) summer timetable showed four Manchester line departures from Bolton Great Moor Street on Monday-to-Friday and seven on Saturday. There were four arrivals from Manchester on Monday-to-Friday and six on Saturday. On the Kenyon Junction line there were seven departures on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. On Tuesday and Thursday there were eight departures and on Saturday eleven. There were six arrivals on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. On Tuesday and Thursday there were seven arrivals and on Saturday there were eight.

Passenger services on both the Kenyon and Manchester lines ran for the last time on Saturday 27 March 1954.

Holiday trains ran from Bolton Great Moor Street station each summer from 1954 to 1958. On Saturday 28 June 1958 there were nine holiday train departures from Bolton Great Moor Street as shown in the table below. This was the last weekend on which holiday specials ran from the station.

Train Number

Departure time

Destination

190

6.25am

Bangor (calling at Prestatyn, Rhyl, Abergele, Colwyn Bay, Llandudno Junction, Conway and Penmaenmawr)

191

7.00am

Llandudno (calling at Prestatyn, Rhyl, Colwyn Bay, Llandudno Junction and Deganwy)

192

7.38am

Llandudno (calling at Prestatyn, Rhyl, Colwyn Bay, Llandudno Junction and Deganwy)

193

8.00am

Penychain (calling at Afon Wen)

195

9.24am

Caernarvon (calling at Bangor)

197

11.55am

Rhyl (calling at Prestatyn)

198

12.14pm

Llandudno (calling at Prestatyn, Rhyl, Abergele, Colwyn Bay, Llandudno Junction and Deganwy)

199

12.44pm

Llandudno (calling at Prestatyn, Rhyl, Abergele, Colwyn Bay, Llandudno Junction and Deganwy)

194

1.30pm

Llandudno (calling at Prestatyn, Rhyl, Abergele, Colwyn Bay, Llandudno Junction and Deganwy)

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[Source: Paul Wright & Bevan Price]


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