Station Name: CADISHEAD (2nd site)

[Source: Paul Wright]
Date opened: 29.5.1893
Location: West side of Liverpool Road (A57)
Company on opening: Cheshire Lines Committee
Date closed to passengers: 30.11.1964
Date closed completely: 30.11.1964
Company on closing: British Railways (London Midland Region)
Present state: Platforms still extant
County: Lancashire
OS Grid Ref: SJ711924
Date of visit: 20.2.2006 & 17.6.2012

Notes: Cadishead station was the second station so named and was located on the Cheshire Lines Committee (CLC) Glazebrook to Stockport Tiviot Dale Line. The CLC was a joint company that was owned by the Great Northern Railway (GNR), the Manchester Sheffield & Lincolnshire Railway (MSLR) and the Midland Railway (MR). In the 1890s the building of the Manchester Ship Canal necessitated the diversion and raising up of a number of railway lines including the Glazebrook to Stockport Tiviot Dale line. The line had to be built up to a height that would allow sea going vessels to pass underneath and so a deviation was constructed just to the south of the original line which included a large single span girder bridge and a new station for Cadishead. For a few weeks in 1893 both lines were in use but eventually the original course of the line was split into two by the excavation of the Manchester Ship Canal.

Cadisheads second station opened on the 29th of May 1893. The station was situated on an embankment. The line was double track the station was provided with two timber platforms. On the both platforms there were sigle storey timber buildings that had canopies. Access was via a sloping paths that led up from Liverpool Road. A CLC type CL1a signal box with 16 levers was located at the north-western end of the eastbound platform.

At the time of opening the station was served by CLC trains running between Stockport Tiviot Dale and Liverpool Central with some workings operating only as far as Warrington Central. The CLC had its own coaches but it did not have locomotives as agreement had been reached that the MSLR would provide them. Express services running between Liverpool Central
and London St Pancras also passed through the station. Many other express services also passed through along with a steady stream of goods services. The December 1895 timetable showed Cadishead as having only four eastbound departures and two westbound departures on weekdays as shown in the table below. On Sundays there were three eastbound and two westbound trains.

Westbound Departures December 1895 Destination Eastbound Departures December 1895 Destination
8.14am Liverpool Central 10.44am Godley Junction
4.54pm Warrington Central 11.16am Stockport Tiviot Dale
    12.44pm Stockport Tiviot Dale
    5.44pm Stockport Tiviot Dale

In 1897 the MSLR changed its name to the Great Central Railway (GCR). The July 1922 timetable showed a somewhat improved passenger service at Cadishead with eight westbound and six eastbound weekday services as shown in the table below but there was no Sunday service.

Westbound Departures July 1922 Destination Eastbound Departures July 1922 Destination
6.10am Liverpool Central 5.51am Stockport Tiviot Dale
7.08am Glazebrook 10.50am Stockport Tiviot Dale
8.17am Liverpool Central 12.56pm Godley Junction
12.23pm Warrington Central 2.32pm Stockport Tiviot Dale
2.09pm Liverpool Central 5.51pm Godley Junction
3.47pm Saturdays Excepted Glazebrook 9.38pm Stockport Tiviot Dale
4.18pm Liverpool Central    
6.24pm Liverpool Central    

At the grouping of 1923 the CLC remained independent but its owning companies became the London & North Eastern Railway (LNER) with two thirds of the shares and the London Midland Scottish Railway (LMS) with one third. The local passenger services at Partington were hauled by LNER locomotives after 1923. The LMS Summer timetable for 1932 showed only four westbound services Monday to Friday and only three on a Saturday. Eastbound there were also four. On Sundays there was one train in each direction.

On the 1st of January 1948 the line became part of the nationalised British Railways (London Midland Region). The 1949 Summer timetable showed Partington as having eight eastbound and five westbound services Monday to Friday with retimed and extra services on Saturdays as shown in the table below. There were no Sunday services.

Westbound Departures Summer 1949 Destination Eastbound Departures Summer 1949 Destination
5.58am Liverpool Central 6.10am Stockport Tiviot Dale
7.04am Glazebrook 6.57am Partington
8.05am Liverpool Central 8.48am Stockport Tiviot Dale
9.25am Saturdays Only Southport Lord Street 10.27am Stockport Tiviot Dale
12.14pm Saturdays Only Liverpool Central 12.24pm Saturdays Only Stockport Tiviot Dale
1.47pm Saturdays Only Liverpool Central 12.58pm Stockport Tiviot Dale
3.50pm Liverpool Central 2.51pm Saturdays Only Stockport Tiviot Dale
5.15pm Saturdays Excepted Wigan Central 3.34pm Saturdays Excepted Stockport Tiviot Dale
5.48pm Saturdays Only Liverpool Central 5.27pm Saturdays Excepted Stockport Tiviot Dale
6.50pm Saturdays Excepted Liverpool Central 6.03pm Stockport Tiviot Dale
    9.01pm Saturdays Only Stockport Tiviot Dale
    10.03pm Saturdays Only Stockport Tiviot Dale

Although the line remained busy throughout the 1950s the passenger service at Cadishead remained broadly similar to how it had been in 1949. By the 1950 the station had also lost its canopies and its timber platform had been replaced by concrete.

The Re-shaping of Britain’s Railways Report of 1963, which became known as the ‘Beeching Report’ recommended that passenger services be withdrawn from Cadishead. The Summer 1962 timetable showed only six eastbound and six westbound departures Monday to Friday as shown in the table below. An interesting feature was a train to Southport Chapel Street that allowed residents of Cadishead to have a day out at the seaside.

Westbound Departures Summer 1962 Destination Eastbound Departures Summer 1962 Destination
5.57am Liverpool Central 6.08am Stockport Tiviot Dale
7.14am Wigan Central 6.56am Partington
8.00am Liverpool Central 10.32am Stockport Tiviot Dale
11.14am Saturdays Only until 11 August Only Southport Chapel Street 12.55pm Stockport Tiviot Dale
12.09pm Saturdays Only Warrington Central 2.50pm Saturdays Only Stockport Tiviot Dale
1.44pm Saturdays Only Liverpool Central 5.38pm Saturdays Excepted Stockport Tiviot Dale
3.43pm Saturdays Excepted Warrington Central 6.01pm Stockport Tiviot Dale
4.01pm Saturdays Only Warrington Central 8.50pm Saturdays Only until 11 August Only (From Southport Chapel Street) Stockport Tiviot Dale
5.14pm Saturdays Excepted Wigan Central    
5.47pm Saturdays Only Liverpool Central    
6.50pm Saturdays Excepted Warrington Central    

The service was withdrawn on 30 November 1964 and Cadishead station closed completely and its buildings were demolished.

Some through workings and diversions continued to operate after this date but with the withdrawal of long distance services from Liverpool Central in 1966 these came to an end. On 17 May 1970 Cadishead station signal box closed and the section of line through the station was singled from Partington Junction to Glazebrook East Junction.

The line remained in use for goods services until 29 July 1982 but it is known that on Saturday 5 January 1974 the Midlander Railtour from Liverpool Lime Street to Derby passed through Cadishead station. On 3 August 1982 the points at Glazebrook East Junction were clipped out of use and formal closure of the line through Cadishead station came on 4 September 1983. It was lifted shortly after.

Although the stations buildings were demolished after closure the sections of both platforms remained extant in 2011.

Tickets from Michael Stewart


  • An Illustrated History of The Cheshire Lines CommitteeP Bolger – Heyday Publishing Company 1984
  • Bradshaws Rail Times December 1895 - Middlewood Press 2011
  • Bradshaws Rail Times July 1922 - Guild Publishing 1986
  • British Railways (London Midland Region) Timetable 23rd May to 25th Sept 1949
  • British Railways (London Midland Region) Timetable 17th of Sept 1956 to 16th of June 1957
  • British Railways (London Midland Region) Timetable 18th of June 1962 to 9th of September 1962
  • Cheshire Lines Committee – Signal Box Register – M J Addison & J G Dixon - 1996
  • LMS Time Table July 18th to September 11th 1932

To see the other stations on the Woodley - Glazebrook line click on the station name: Stockport Portwood, Stockport Tiviot Dale, Cheadle (Cheshire), Northenden, Baguley, West Timperley, Partington (1st), Partington (2nd) & Cadishead (1st)

See also:

Glazebrook East Junction Sidings

Cadishead Bridge

The new station at Cadishead under construction in 1891. The track seen running through the station was a temporary contractors line and would be replaced with more substantial rails and sleepers.

Cadishead station on a 1928 map.

Cadishead 2nd station looking north-west along the Stockport direction platform in early years of the 20th century.
Photo from the John Mann Collection

Cadishead Station looking north-west in 1960 as a train for Stockport Tiviot Dale draws in.

Looking north-west at Cadishead station in 1974.
Photo by Glenn MacLeod from his Flickr photostream

The entrance gate to Cadishead stations Stockport direction platform as seen in the early 1970s.
Photo by Glenn MacLeod from his Flickr photostream

Cadishead station looking north-west towards Glazebrook East Junction in September 1983. The line had been single since May 1970 and had seen no regular traffic since 29 July 1982 and it had been unusable since 3 August 1982.
Photo by John Mann

The Liverpool direction platform at Cadishead 2nd station in February 2006
Photo by Paul Wright

Cadishead 2nd station looking south-east on 17 June 2012.
Photo by Paul Wright

A section of the down platform at the second Cadishead station seen on 22 April 2015.
Photo by Alan Howarth








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[Source: Paul Wright]

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