Hooley Hill - Audenshaw, Tameside

Version 3- Updated January 2007

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Please find some more pictures of the route as it is today, just where it split at Denton Railway Junction. Click here.

This is an intriguing line, one which I have been trying to gain more information about, but so far to no avail. Nick Melling (from the Railway Scene forum) has been fantastic and has found some great old railway diagram, but I would love to see some old pictures of this line.

I don't live too far away from this particular line, so it is quite easy to explore (what is it left of it anyway!)

The line ran from Denton junction to Stalybridge and diverted Guidebridge station entirely. You can probably see why it was taken out of use as it was just a duplicate of the existing Manchester (Piccadilly) to Stalybridge line.

Maybe there is nothing about this line on the web as it lead such an drab life. From what I can find it was never a busy route, especially for passengers. However due to various coal mines in this area it was used for freight as a diversion around the busy Guide Bridge junction.

Hooley Hill is situated between Denton and Ashton, and is only a stones throw from Guide Bridge (another once busy station). Many years ago the ultra modern Woodhead electric frequented the line through Guidebridge, looking down at the old Hooley Hill line.

Anyway I thought I would have a look at this line in more detail, as I knew there was a bit of infrastructure left.

Hooley Hill - The site of the station and tunnel

Sheply Street - Hooley Hill. You can see the brick work that formed the top of he tunnel. This tunnel used to run underneath Guide Lane and came out near Enville Street.

Nothing is left of the tunnel on the other side. There is a new housing estate built on this area.

 

Just on the other side of the brick wall, you can just see the top of the tunnel. This shows how much land fill has been added to block the tunnel up.

My back is against the old tunnel and I am looking along the alignment of the line towards Stalybridge.

This was the site of Hooley Hill station. As above I have not been able to find anything about this station. Please email me if you do know anything!

From what I think, was the original level of the railway. Looking over the original station site back towards the tunnel.
I took a rather narrow and muddy footpath along the original alignment of the railway towards Guide Bridge. I was hoping to find some more railway infrastructure.

Line end! The undergrowth is very thick but past the trees lies the original alignment of the railway (running from right to left). At this point the line went under the "Woodhead" route and off towards Stalybridge.

The original bridge has long been filled, and there is no access any further. The line is marked on my old OS map, but cant be followed any further.

The river Tame and existing railway land lock the old alignment so it cant be followed.

I am fascinated if there is anything to be seen of the route further along, but I doubt there is anything of interest. I am certainly not going to trespass private property to have a look, plus it may be dangerous.

 

This ends the look at the route. I am hoping to get some more pictures of the route at the Denton junction and Stalybridge end, unfortunately a lot of the alignment has been totally lost to development, and I am struggling to get a bearing of where the line actually went.

Still some interesting history around this little known line. Please contact me if you have any more information about this line.

Latest Pictures - Taken at near Denton junction. This is where the line started its journey through Audenshaw towards, Ashton and then on to Stalybridge.

The old railway alignment is now a small dirt road, which has a few bungalows built along side it.

You get to this road via the BigWigs pub carpark, just off Corporation road, Denton.

You can see the bridge under Stamford road. It has been reduced in size and made in to a cylinder shape.

January 2007 - Sadly this picture has been corrupted - I doubt we still have the original. Our Apologies.

Looking back towards the BigWigs carpark and the existing line to Stockport - via Reddish.

There is nothing left to show this used to be an old railway.

On the other side of the bridge, you can clearly see the original bridge structure. I think they did this to add strength to the bridge. Stanford road, above, is very busy.

Looking towards Guide Lane and Audenshaw. The line ran tight to the right and curved round the back of the houses.

A little further on the line plunged in a tunnel which ran under Guide lane. This has long been filled in.

Dave Barstows webpage looking back at Hooley Hill -

Updated - January 2007

I was recently looking for information on the Micklehurst Loop line that ran via Stalybridge, I got some great leads and it lead to this route being looked at again. I was told about the Tameside council picture archive here, which contains 1000s of old pictures, these pictures are a fantastic reference of the way things used to be. Anyway some of the pictures clearly showed the Hooley Hill line running through Dukinfield and Guidebridge. I thought I would have a look at the old line, especially now as I had a few more visual references to where it ran. Any information on this line would be grateful.

The line running through Dukinfield towards Stalybridge.

Riverside road - This is where I believe the line ran. Right through the yard, it was elevated though on a viaduct.

 

This was the point the railway crossed the river Tame. Again it was elevated and continued on its way towards Whitelands road. Its very hard to trace the route, however I will have a look at an old A to Z to try and trace the line.

Clarence street - The embankment to the left carries the existing railway, here the line towards Hooley hill peeled off.

Clarence street again, looking back towards Dukinfield and Hooley Hill, I believe the line peeled off here and went to the left of the picture. Again I'm sure it was elevated, due to how high the existing embankment is.

Hopefully I can get some more pictures of where the line ran through Dukinfield. Not much to see, but there are a few clues.

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