Holcombe Brook Branch Line.

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Left - Looking at Bolton Street Station from Angouleme Way. You can see that the station was very big. Originally there were more building on the platforms, however these have long since been demolished. The station is still big, especially for a preserved railway.

Below Left - The platforms at Bury Bolton Street station.

Below - Bury Bolton Street station, this is the headquarters of the ELR. This used to be the main station in Bury until they built the combined bus and railway station in the 1970s. Trains were then diverted on a new spur to that station, making Bury Bolton street disused. This opened the door for the ELR to take over this station as their headquarters.

We were only a few minutes away from Bury town center, so we thought we would take a look at the ELR base.

Here we see a preserved locomotive at the Bury transport museum. just off Castlecroft Road.

Left - A close up of the bridge abutment. The actual bridge has long gone, but we can see the ledge where it used to rest.

Below Left - This picture shows the line of brickwork curving back towards the viaduct over the Irwell. This makes us think this is the ordinal alignment. As you can see it is heavily built over.

Below - Another view.

Left - Here we loose the railway alignment. This picture shows where we think the line ran and joined the Bury to Ramsbottom line.

Below Left - A little further on the line crosses the Irwell on the ordinal railway viaduct. Again provision was put in place when they built it for an extra line. However this never took place.

Below - Looking back across the viaduct towards Woodhill.

Left - The Woodhill cycle way.

Below left - Taken form Woodhill road where the line cross the road. The Woodhill cycle way - the official route starts here and follows the railway alignment for a short period over the river Irwell towards Bury town centre.

Below - We are now at Woodhill road looking right back up at the alignment. Again we believe the line went over this road on a bridge.

Above - Halfway up the cutting back towards Brandlesholme Road. You can see the original sides of the alignment. However the cutting has long been filled in.
Above same position as left photo but looking back to Bury.

Left - We ventured on through the housing development along the original alignment. This can be clearly seen running right through the center of the picture. Again we believe the line was set at a much lower level in a cutting.

Below Left - Looking directly opposite from where we took the picture above. Here the line right through this new housing development. We are not too sure at what level, but we can assume it went under the road.

Below - Here we are at Brandlesholme road, looking up the route towards what was Woolfold Viaduct. There isn't much to see apart from the line of trees

Here Woolfold viaduct crossed over Kirklees Brook (Left) has long since gone, we had to cut across from Brandlesholme Road, B6214 Tottington road to pick up the railway once again.

There is no trace of the Woolfold viaduct as its long been demolished. We think the line of the trees running from the middle of the picture to the right is the original alignment of the railway.

Here the official pathway starts again at the back of Stockton Close.

The line used to continue straight on. We did try and follow the alignment a few years back, but the path is very unofficial and there was a steep drop down to the valley, one which Dunc fell halfway down, due to me stopping in front of him.

He was ok (luckily) we recommend you do not take this unofficial path, for safety reasons, but instead follow the signs in to the nearby estate and back on to Tottington B6213 road. (which we did on this day).

Left - Looking up the line towards tottington. Look how steep the incline is!

Below Left - One of the original supports for the overhead electrical system that was fitted around 1913. A fascinating find!

Below - Looking up the route near Tottington Secondary school.

Left - The site of Tottington Station. For some reason we had missed this on previous rides on this route. This is what is left of the station platform at Tottington.You can see the platform edge running on the left of the picture.

Below Left - A closer look at the platform edge.

Below - Here Kirklees St (Tottington) crosses the line Tottington station was on the other side the bridge.

Click the links below for a similar shot from the 1970's

Towards Bury - Towards Holcombe Brook

Left - The top viaduct going over the Mill Lodge reservoir. This is a spectacular viaduct that has rightly been preserved. If you look over the right hand side you can see the bridge supports were built extra wide to accommodate a widening of the bridge. This never happened! This practice is also repeated on the lower viaduct crossing the Irwell near Bury.

Below left - The view from the viaduct.

Below - Another view from the viaduct.

Left - Working our way up the route. Notice how steep the gradient is.

Below Left - Looking back up Brandlesholme road. We are down on the actual railway level. We also believe there was a station at this site.

Below - Looking down the route towards Bury. Mother nature has taken over here!.

Left - The map at the start of the path / cycle way at Greenmount.

Below left - Across the road from where I took the picture above, is the now start of the path / cycle way. Brandlesholme road runs left to right. We believe the line ran under this road, just where we are stood.

Below - The top part of the route from Greenmount to Holcombe Brook has long gone under a range of housing developments. You are unable to follow the route. Here we are looking back towards Holcombe Brook station along the ordinal alignment of the railway.

 

The only bit of ordinal railway structure we could find. An ordinal stone wall. We believe this marks when the station actually ended. To the left was most probably an area for parking / deliveries.

The site of Holcombe Brook railway station. It was originally situated on the left hand side (where the flats are now. The railway and platform was at the ground floor level of the present flats.

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