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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

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Sources of Information

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