Station Name: CULCHETH

[Source: Paul Wright]

Date opened: 1.4.1884
Location: North side of Wigshaw Lane
Company on opening: Manchester Sheffield & Lincolnshire Railway
Date closed to passengers: 2.11.1964
Date closed completely: 4.1.1965
Company on closing: British Railways (London Midland Region)
Present state: Demolished - the station has been demolished but the path down from the road bridge survives.
County: Lancashire
OS Grid Ref: SJ648949
Date of visit: February 1983 & July 2005

Notes: Culcheth station opened along with 6 other stations on the Wigan Joint Railway in 1884. The line had been the promoted by the Cheshire Lines Railway in 1874 as a branch from its main Liverpool to Manchester line at Glazebrook that would link it to the lucrative Lancashire Coalfields. Only the Manchester Sheffield and Lincolnshire constituent of the CLC remained interested in the concept and it was they who built the line which opened to goods services in 1879. When opened it connected to the main line at Glazebrook with an east to north curve which meant services could only easily go towards Manchester. In 1900 a west to north curve was put in to allow trains to head to and from Liverpool. The line became part of the GCR and in 1923 part of the LNER but it was operated as part of the CLC system.

The station had two platforms with wooden booking facilities on the southbound platform. A basic shelter was provided for northbound passengers.

Initially passenger services ran from Manchester Central to a temporary terminus at Wigan which was not replaced until the opening of Wigan Central in 1892. From 1900, when a west to north curve was put in at Glazebrook services started to run to Warrington Central. Monday to Friday services in 1903 saw the GCR run 8 trains to Manchester and 6 to Warrington each day.

From 1900 until 1952 Culcheth also enjoyed some services to and from St. Helens Central but these ceased with the closure to passengers of that line.

Services increased under the LNER especially during the war years. However after 1945 the line went into decline and the last service was the Wigan Central to Irlam or Manchester Central service. Latterly some of these services where operated by DMU's until the end came on 1.11.1964. The line lingered on for goods services until 1968.

The station was demolished in 1977 and today the station is within Culcheth Linear Park with the ranger cabin and car park on the station site.

Click here to see a short colour film which includes Culcheth station. Tickets from Michael Stewart.

To see the other stations on the Wigan Central - Glazebrook line click on the station name: Wigan Central, Lower Ince, Hindley South,
Bickershaw & Abram, West Leigh & Bedford, Lowton St. Marys
& Newchurch Halt.

The main station building at Culcheth c early 1960s.

1:2,500 OS map shows the layout of the station and goods yard. The goods yard comprises four sidings, one immediately behind the up platform. One passes through a goods shed and another serves a cattle dock on the north side of the yard. The yard crane which has a capacity of 3 tons is also identified.

Culcheth station in 1963.

Looking south-east Culcheth station site in July 2005, the main station building was to the left.
hoto by Bevan Price

Retaining wall at the back of one of the platforms at Culcheth Station in July 2005
hoto by Bevan Price




[Source: Paul Wright]

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