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Manchester and Bolton Railway

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1824 December 23rd. Manchester and Bolton Railroad Company formed. Chairman is Thomas Worthington with fourteen (named) others forming the committee. [1]

1825 January 4th. Meeting held at the Albion Hotel, Manchester. George Stephenson appointed to survey the line and Mr. Piggot and John Crook to accompany him. [2]

1825 February 17th. Business in Parliament. Manchester and Bolton Railway. [3]

1825 February 23rd. Business in Parliament. [4]

1825 March 2nd. Business in Parliament. [5]

1825 July. The bill presented to Parliament was rejected. [6]

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; 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[7] - see Manchester, Bolton and Bury Canal Navigation and Railway

1838 Preliminary opening of the railway, with trains running between Salford station and Bolton, prior to its public opening. At that time the company had six locomotives - Fairfield, Victoria, Manchester, Bolton (made by Edward Bury and Co of Liverpool), and Forester and Buck (made by George Forrester and Co of Liverpool). Four more were on order from William Fairbairn and Sons.

There were two noticeable features about this line: (1) The trains ran on the right-hand and not the left-hand pair of metals; and (2) the rails were laid on longitudinal wooden sleepers, then being introduced on the Great Western Railway. [8]

1924 The canal still exists, and is the property of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway.

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Friday, Dec 31, 1824
  2. The Times, Saturday, Jan 08, 1825
  3. The Times, Saturday, Feb 19, 1825
  4. The Times, Friday, Feb 25, 1825
  5. The Times, Friday, Mar 04, 1825
  6. The Times, Friday, Jul 15, 1825
  7. The Engineer 1924/11/07
  8. The Engineer 1924/11/07