Station Name: IRWELL VALE
|Location:||East side of Meadow Park|
|Company on opening:||East Lancashire Railway (new)|
|Date closed to passengers:||Still open|
|Date closed completely:||Still open|
|Company on closing:||Still open|
|Present state:||Still open|
|OS Grid Ref:||SD792200|
|Date of visit:||July 2006|
Notes: Irwell Vale station is on the Bury to Rawtenstall heritage railway. This section of line opened for regular passenger services on 28th September 1846, and it was part of the former East Lancashire Railway’s (ELR) Clifton Junction to Bacup route which opened in stages from 1846 to 1852.The line closed to passenger services on 3rd June 1972, and to goods services in 1980.
A preservation group formed in 1968 had, by the 1980s, become the East Lancashire Railway Preservation Society, and their aim was to reopen the line from Bury to Rawtenstall. With help and support from the local authorities the group reopened the line from Bury to Ramsbottom on 25th July 1987. The ‘new’ ELR was born. On 27th April 1991 they extended to Rawtenstall.
Irwell Vale opened on the same day as the extension. There had never been a station here, but there had been one a little further north at Ewood Bridge & Edenfield. There had however been a goods siding at the site with a 2-ton crane. The siding closed on 5th June 1954. The ‘new’ ELR opted not to reopen Ewood Bridge but to construct a new station from which buses could provide a link to the proposed Helmshore Textile Museum. The new facility was also much better located for local people than Ewood Bridge & Edenfield had been.
Irwell Vale is served by the Bury – Rawtenstall heritage trains, and is about half-a- mile to the south of Ewood Bridge. This unstaffed station has a single platform west side of the line. The traditional-looking stone waiting shelter with a hipped roof of slate is quite delightful and complements the Victorian character of the buildings constructed at Rawtenstall and Ramsbottom. As with the other stations on this preserved line it is lovingly maintained and a pleasure to use.
To see other stations on the East Lancashire Railway Clifton Junction - Bacup line click on the station name on the station name: Clifton Junction, Molyneux Brow, Ringley Road, Radcliffe Bridge, Withens Lane, Bury Bolton Street, Summerseat, Ramsbottom, Stubbins, Ewood Bridge & Edenfield, Rawtenstall, Clough Fold, Waterfoot for Newchurch, Stacksteads & Bacup
|Last updated: Sunday, 21-May-2017 10:31:05 BST||
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