Bury Knowsley Street

Following the withdrawal of passenger services on the BR Rochdale - Bury (Knowsley Street) - Bolton route in 1970 a single line remained in use for those trains still serving Rawtenstall coal concentration depot. These trains used the Knowsley Street - Bolton Street curve to access the branch. When the new Bury station was opened in 1980 the rerouted line into the new terminus not only crossed the freight line on the level, but cut through the former platforms of the abandoned Knowsley Street station. In this photograph, looking east on 14 February 1981, a 504 EMU has just left the new Bury station and is about to run south over the crossing on its journey to Manchester Victoria, while in the background a DMU awaits its turn to cross westbound with a railtour heading for Rawtenstall. An ELR bridge with a pronounced hump now spans the Metrolink tracks at this location See image 24666 and the area in the foreground has a multi-storey car park.

Location: Bury Knowsley Street

Company: Liverpool and Bury Railway (Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway)

Photographer: Mark Bartlett

Make contact: Mark Bartlett

Date: 14/02/1981

Image number: 21454

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