[Source: Paul Wright]

Date opened: 1.4.1884
Location: South side of Liverpool Road (A58)
Company on opening: Manchester Sheffield & Lincolnshire Railway
Date closed to passengers: 2.11.1964
Date closed completely: 2.11.1964
Company on closing: British Railways (London Midland Region)
Present state: Demolished
County: Lancashire
OS Grid Ref: SD613036
Date of visit: 3.1.2006

Notes: The station opened as Stangeways and Hindley 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 was situated on the south side of a road overbridge and had two platforms.

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. Also on 1.1.1892 Strangeways and Hindley was renamed as Hindley and Platt Bridge. 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.

Services increased under the LNER especially during the war years. On 1.7.1950 the station was renamed again as Hindley South. 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 The line lingered on for goods services until 1968 although the goods service was withdrawn from Hindley South on 7.4.1954.

Today the site of the platforms can be seen in winter months as the track bed has filled up with water creating what looks like a short section of canal.

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


Hindley South Station looking north west in the early 1950's
Photo received from Steven Buckley

Looking south towards the site of Hindley South Station in January 2006
hoto by Paul Wright




[Source: Paul Wright]

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