Station Name: CHEQUERBENT (2nd Site)


[Source: Paul Wright & Bevan Price]

Date opened: 2.2.1885
Location: North side of Manchester Road (A6).
Company on opening: London & North Western Railway
Date closed to passengers: 3.2.1952
Date closed completely: 27.2.1965
Company on closing: British Railways (London Midland Region)
Present state: Demolished. Cutting partly filled.
County: Lancashire
OS Grid Ref: SD674061
Date of visit: 25.5.2006

Notes: The original Kenyon Junction to Bolton Great Moor Street opened in stages between 1828 and 1831 had included two steeply graded inclines that had originally been worked with rope and stationary engines. By the mid 1840's locomotives were able to tackle the inclines but they still made for challenging obstacles. In the 1880's the LNWR decided to realign the line to avoid the gradients one of which was at Chequrbent. This required the building of a new station.

The new line passed under Manchester Road, whereas the original line crossed at road level. The station was provided with two platforms connected to the street by steps. The station was served by trains running between Great Moor Street and points to the west of Kenyon Junction. By the 1930's over 20 trains per day operated.

By the 1950's traffic levels had dwindled to six services running between Bolton and Kenyon Junction or Warrington. Chequerbent 2nd Station closed in 1952 two years before all regular passenger services along the line ceased in 1954. Freight traffic continued to be handled at the station until 27.2.1965 and a private siding remained in use after that date.

Today there is very little to see as the cutting has been partially filled in. Some concrete bases from the adjacent goods depot remain, NW of the passenger station site.

To see the other stations on the Bolton Great Moor Street - Kenyon Junction line click on the station name: Kenyon Junction, Pennington, West Leigh, Atherleigh, Atherton Bag Lane, Chequerbent 1st, Daubhill 1st, Rumworth & Daubhill & Bolton Great Moor Street

Chequerbent Station looking south in 1954
Photo received from Steven Buckley

1909 6" to 1 mile map showing the 2nd Chequerbent Station and the original alignment which was retained to serve Chequebent Pits. The original station was probably also on the north side of Manchester Road.

Looking north from Manchester Road bridge parapet to the Chequerbent Station site in May 2006. The station & trackbed were in a cutting, now obscured by the vegetation on the left side of the photo.
Photo by Bevan Price

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[Source: Paul Wright & Bevan Price]

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