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Painting at Irlam Station
Photo: Ray Smyth
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Item #: 31630
This picture is at the site of Irlam Railway Station, where for many years, thousands of
work people from Wigan would have got off the
train to go to work at Irlam Steel and also the
C.W.S. soap works.

Comment by: Mr X on 3rd November 2019 at 22:40

I didn't know there was a railway line from Wigan to Irlam. The line from Wigan Central went to Leigh, Atherton, Tyldesley and Manchester. There used to be an infrequent bus route from Wigan to Irlam until about 1980 operated by Lancashire United that went via Platt Bridge, Golborne and Culcheth.

Comment by: Owdbill on 4th November 2019 at 01:00

No,Mr X.The line from Wigan Central went to Manchester Central via Hindley and Platt Bridge,Culcheth,West Leigh and Bedford, Glazebrook Irlam and Trafford Park.The Disused Stations site is very helpful.

Comment by: Jarvo on 4th November 2019 at 05:49

The Wigan Central line DID NOT go through Atherton. It went via Glazebrook to Manchester Central.

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 4th November 2019 at 09:09

I love this picture. The Irlam train carrying the workers used to go through Lower Ince Station which was situated in an area that we young Incers used to call The Little Jungle. I never knew this picture existed and would love to see it.

Comment by: Albert.S. on 4th November 2019 at 10:16

I may be wrong, but didn’t Irlam steel works come into existence on the demise of the Top Place, in Ince, in the thirties?.

Comment by: Tony Sharp on 4th November 2019 at 13:17

Mr X. There was also Urmston station, now part of the tram network I believe..

Comment by: Nonsuch on 4th November 2019 at 14:29

Mr X

There was a route to Manchester via Tyldesley, but it was the LNWR's route from Wigan Northwestern Station to Manchester Exchange Station. It is the road which left the WCML lines at Manchester Junction, just South of Springs Branch motive Power depot.

Comment by: Jinksi on 4th November 2019 at 14:32

Spot on Irene,Station was across road from Manley Pub.Row of House's was Junction Terrace,was on my Paper Round.

Comment by: Albert.S. on 4th November 2019 at 16:07

Jinski. When you delivered your papers. Did you deliver them to a family named Winnards, son was Ronald, I went to school with him. There was someone else that I knew, lived in Railway Terrace. A sister, of a couple of mates of mine. Irene. Her married name I do not know, but her prior to marriage it was Williams.

Comment by: Albert.S. on 4th November 2019 at 16:10

Jinksy. If I put Railway Terrace, I should have put Junction Terrace.

Comment by: broady on 4th November 2019 at 17:16

My Dad worked at Irlam Steel works but I think he only used the train at weekends. He borrowed my bike to cycle to Hindley Station.Bickershaw must have closed by this time. The rest of the week I am sure there was a bus from the Council Offices in Abram.

Comment by: Colin Harlow on 4th November 2019 at 20:30

It says quite clearly on the picture board the destinations from Wigan Central.

Comment by: Jinksi. on 5th November 2019 at 08:34

Albert.Sorry no was a long time back about 60 years.

Comment by: Roger on 5th November 2019 at 12:15

The LUT X85 bus went from Wigan to Irlam

Comment by: Albert.S. on 5th November 2019 at 14:54

Sorry Jinksi. I was asking too much. When I went to school with Ron Winnard,, it was in the forties.

Comment by: Amanda on 5th November 2019 at 19:46

Tony Sharp

Urmston station is still very much open and has never had a tram through it. It is on the same railway line as Irlam.

Comment by: AH on 5th November 2019 at 21:23

Caught the X85 Irlam bus many times when working at Golborne colliery in the late 60s,the bus was an LUT Double decker back loader the driver slowed down at the RED LION in golborne so anyone working at the pit could jump off, then run to get to the pit on time for the day shift winding

Comment by: cindy on 27th April 2021 at 16:48

Did the line branch off at Hindley south & went onto Hindley Green.

Comment by: Phil Johnson on 4th September 2021 at 12:02

I lived in Culcheth and each day watched the first train struggle towards Culcheth through my bedroom window. It was a long train of empty coal wagons hauled by a 8F steam locomotive. The railway from Wigan Central closed in 1964, so when I started my apprenticeship at Irlam Steelworks in 1967 I had to travel on the X85 bus. Nomally these were Lancashire United (LUT) but the one from the Harrow Inn just after 7am was a Wigan Corporation vehicle. Recall many happy trips on the X85 bus. Phil

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