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Manchester, Bolton and Bury Canal Navigation and Railway

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1831 It was sanctioned to convert the Manchester, Bolton and Bury Canal into a railway and to build the Kearsley branch - a total length of 11 miles. This proposal was subsequently modified.

1838 The railway was built parallel to the canal from Salford to Clifton Junction, and then took a direct route to Bolton, and was opened on May 29th, 1838[1] - see

1840 the company was running ten trains a day in each direction from Manchester to Bolton with single fares at 2s 6d and 1s 6d for a single journey

The company worked the Lancaster and Preston Junction Railway from 1842.

In 1846 they were absorbed by the Manchester and Leeds Railway

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Engineer 1924/11/07
  • Encyclopedia of British Railway Companies by Christopher Awdry. Published 1990
  • Bradshaw’s Railway Companion 1840