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Bury to Holcombe Brook Line

The Bury to Holcombe Brook Line was a British railway line which opened between Bury Bolton Street railway station and Holcombe Brook railway station in 1882.


In 1912 Dick, Kerr & Co.‘s Preston factory were considering tendering for a Brazilian contract and approached the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway to use the branch for test purposes at Dick, Kerr’s expense. The line from Bury Bolton Street Station to Holcombe Brook was electrified with the overhead 3.5 kV dc system, rolling stock was also supplied at their cost. After prolonged trials the trains entered public use on 29 July 1913. The L&Y purchased the equipment and stock on the successful completion of the trials in 1916. During 1917 work started on the branch to convert to third rail to match the Manchester to Bury system. third rail trains started to run on 29 March 1918.


Passenger services operated until 1952, while freight services continued until 1963.

See also


  • Lost Railways of Lancashire by Gordon Suggitt (ISBN 1-85306-801-2)

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