Station Name: MOORE

[Source: Paul Wright]


Date opened: 4.7.1837
Location: South side of Runcorn Road
Company on opening: Grand Junction Railway
Date closed to passengers: 1.2.1943
Date closed completely: 1952
Company on closing: London Midland & Scottish Railway
Present state: Demolished.
County: Cheshire
OS Grid Ref: SJ574842
Date of visit: 30.10.2014

Notes: Moore was situated on the Grand Junction Railway (GJR) which opened from Newton to Birmingham on the 4 July 1837. The GJR was Britain’s first trunk railway and had been supported by many of the same individuals who had been behind the Liverpool & Manchester Railway (L&M). The GJR connected with the L&M at Newton Junction (which later became Earlestown Junction) thereby providing a link between Birmingham, Liverpool and Manchester. From 9 April 1838 the line connected with the London & Birmingham Railway (LBR) at Birmingham Curzon Street allowing passengers to travel between London, the Midlands and the great industrial and port cities of the north-west.

Moore station opened with the line on 4 July 1837. It was located on the south side of Runcorn Road on the western edge of its namesake village. The double-track line passed under Runcorn Road and the station was located in a cutting. At the time of opening access was via a path down to track level on the west side of the line. At that time there would not have been raised platforms and only a simple cottage-like building which would have housed the booking facilities.

Two houses were also provided at road level for station staff.

On 16 July 1846 Preston Brook became part of the London & North Western Railway (LNWR). By this time the station was on a route that stretched from London to Carlisle.

The March 1850 timetable showed only 2 up and 4 down trains called at Moore Monday-to-Saturday and no trains called on Sundays.

By the 1860s the line had been extended through to Glasgow creating an Anglo-Scottish route that later became known as the West Coast Main Line.

By the 1870s the station had raised platforms. The main facilities were on the down platform (Earlestown direction). They consisted of a modest single-storey brick building with a pitched roof. There was a similar building on the up platform that housed waiting facilities.

At the mid-point of the down platform there was Saxby & Farmer signal box.

The December 1895 timetable showed 4 up and 5 down services Monday-to-Saturday. There was 1 up and 2 down trains on Sundays.

By the end of the nineteenth century an access path had been provided that linked the up platform directly to Runcorn Road on the east side of the line.

By 1907 the signal box had been replaced with an LNWR structure located to the north of Runcorn Road, west of the line.

On 1 January 1917 the station was one of many that closed both as a wartime economy measure and to release manpower for military service; it did not reopen until 1 February 1919.

The July 1922 timetable showed 7 up and 9 down services Monday-to-Friday. On Saturdays 2 extra down services ran and no trains called at Moore on Sundays.

On 1 January 1923 Moore became part of the London Midland & Scottish Railway (LMS). The LMS timetable for the summer of 1932 showed 7 up and 10 down trains Monday-to-Saturday as shown in the table below.

Up Trains Summer 1932 Destination Down Trains Summer 1932 Destination
7.45am Hartford 6.57am Wigan North Western
10.22am Acton Bridge 7.51am Earlestown
1.05pm Crewe 8.39am Newton-le-Willows
1.32pm Crewe 10.49am St Helens
3.30pm Over & Wharton 12.30pm (Saturdays Excepted) Warrington Bank Quay
6.13pm (Saturdays Excepted) Over & Wharton 12.56pm (Saturdays Only) Warrington Bank Quay
7.45pm Acton Bridge 2.50pm St Helens
10.20pm (Saturdays Only) Acton Bridge 3.57pm Newton-le-Willows
    5.38pm Newton-le-Willows
    7.16pm Earlestown
    9.53pm Warrington Bank Quay

After the outbreak of the Second World War on 3 September 1939 passenger services were reduced throughout the country. As Moore had so few services the LMS closed it on 1 February 1943. It was, however, used by railway staff until 1952.

The station had been completely demolished by the 1960s. The station house survived and was still in use as a private residence in November 2014. The line was electrified in the early 1970s.

The line through Moore is still a busy part of the Anglo-Scottish West Coast Main Line.

Tickets from Michael Stewart route map by Alan Young.

Sources:

  • Britains First Trunk Line - The Grand Junction Railway - Norman W Webster - Adams & Dart 1972
  • Lost Stations of North West England – Paul Wright – SLP 2011
  • Railway Passenger Stations in Great Britain - A Chronology - Michael Quick - RCHS 2009

To see other stations on the Grand Junction Railway between Earlestown and Crewe click on the station name: Vulcan Halt, Winwick Quay, Warrington Dallam Lane, Warrington Bank Quay (1st), Preston Brook, Minshull Vernon and Coppenhall

The 8D Association - Dedicated to promoting the history of South Lancashire and North Cheshire railways. Web Site


Moore station looking north-east from the down platform in the early years of the 20th century. An LNWR 2-4-0 locomotive with an inspection saloon is seen standing at the up platform. The original Moore signal box is seen to the left. The individuals standing on the down platform could have been mangers and engingeers of the LNWR on a tour of inspection.


Moore station shown on a 1:2,000 scale OS map from 1896.

The Moore station up platform access path seen in June 1980.
P
hoto by John Mann

The site of Moore station looking north-east in 2014.


Looking south-west at the site of the Moore station main entrace on 30 October 2014. The entrance was in front of the house which was a railway property built for station staff.
P
hoto by Paul Wright

The site of Moore station looking south-west on 30 October 2014.
P
hoto by Paul Wright

 

 

 

[Source: Paul Wright]




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