Blackburn, Darwen and Bolton Railway (Bolton, Blackburn, Clitheroe and West Yorkshire Railway)






Portions of line and locations

This line is divided into a number of portions.


Blackburn to Bolton


The shed yard at Lower Darwen on the south side of Blackburn in September 1960. Fowler 7F 0-8-0 no 49618 stands just outside the entrance. ...
K A Gray 25/09/1960
Fowler 7F 0-8-0 no 49618 stands in the shed yard at 24D Lower Darwen in September 1960. ...
K A Gray 25/09/1960
Ex-LMS Fowler 7F 0-8-0 no 49618 stands in the shed yard at 24D Lower Darwen on 25 September 1960. The locomotive was eventually withdrawn from ...
K A Gray 25/09/1960

Ian Riley's Black 5s 44871 and 45407 come out of the mist just to the north of the site of Lower Darwen station (behind the camera) on 3rd November ...
John McIntyre 03/11/2019
Passing through the site of Lower Darwen station (closed 1958) is a Clitheroe - Manchester service. All trace of the old station has been removed at ...
Mark Bartlett 07/02/2014
BR Scottish Region Grand Rail Tour No 5 approaching Lower Darwen from the south on 1 June 1968 behind Britannia Pacific 70013 Oliver ...
John Robin 01/06/1968

A Northern 153/150 combination crosses the Raikes Viaduct, immediately south of the site of Lower Darwen station, with a Clitheroe to Manchester ...
Mark Bartlett 11/03/2016

A Manchester Victoria to Clitheroe service in the hands of 150273
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John McIntyre 31/07/2010

A Northern service to Bolton departs from Darwen on 26 September 2015. Recent changes around here have seen the extension of the passing loop on both ...
John McIntyre 26/09/2015
A Clitheroe to Manchester Victoria train has just left Darwen and is heading south towards Bolton on 17 May 2008. ...
John McIntyre 17/05/2008
The plaque fixed to the wall of the current Darwen station marking the cutting of the first sod of the Blackburn to Bolton railway on 27 September ...
John McIntyre 17/05/2008
Class 40 no.345 coming to a halt for an extended stop at Darwen on 6 June while it waited for a late running service to clear the single line section ...
John McIntyre 06/06/2014

The return leg of the 15 Guinea Special from Carlisle to Manchester was hauled by a pair of Black 5s. In 1968 this had been 44781 and 44871 but ...
John McIntyre 11/08/2013
On a wet September afternoon a Clitheroe to Manchester Victoria service climbs south from Darwen and passes the remains of Spring Vale station, closed ...
Mark Bartlett 08/09/2011
70013 Oliver Cromwell approaching the site of Spring Vale station (closed 1958) on the Blackburn - Bolton line south of Darwen. The train is ...
Jim Peebles 13/04/1968



A Northern service with a Class 153 and 150 from Clitheroe to Manchester Victoria departs from Entwistle on 24 February 2017 to the next stop at ...
John McIntyre 24/02/2017
Entwistle looking north. Served by public road from the east and dirt road from the west. ...
Ewan Crawford 20/09/2007
A lengthy campaign to redouble the Blackburn-Bolton line was partly successful with the opening of a two mile long dynamic loop at Darwen in 2015. ...
Mark Bartlett 20/06/2014
Having made a request stop at lonely Entwistle 150268, on a Clitheroe to Manchester Victoria service, accelerates away on the falling gradient towards ...
Mark Bartlett 23/07/2011

Black 5 no.45407 approaches Turton southbound with a railtour heading back to Manchester on 18 April 2009. A considerable amount of housing has been ...
John McIntyre 18/04/2009
A Clitheroe to Manchester Victoria service with a Class 156 DMU drifts downhill towards Bromley Cross on 18 April 2009. Behind the camera is the site ...
John McIntyre 18/04/2009
Coasting downhill through Lancashire moorland scenery in October 2013, a Northern Pacer approaches the level crossing and closed station at Turton & ...
Mark Bartlett 26/10/2013
A service for Clitheroe slows for the level crossing as it passes through the disused platforms at Turton and Edgeworth, closed in 1961. A section of ...
Mark Bartlett 26/10/2013

A Manchester Victoria to Clitheroe service departs Bromley Cross and is about to rejoin the single line to Darwen on 22 February 2017. ...
John McIntyre 22/02/2017
A 'grab shot' of Bromley Cross showing the station building and signal box. ...
John Yellowlees 17/03/2017
A service to Clitheroe departs from Bromley Cross on 22 February 2017. Two things caught my eye about this location, first the low height platform on ...
John McIntyre 22/02/2017
Bromley Cross between trains. This view is towards Blackburn and the signal at the end of the platform protects the single line section to the passing ...
Mark Bartlett 20/06/2014