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Report - Stubbins Station, Rossendale - February 2016

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  1. Bolts

    Bolts 28DL Regular User
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    Stubbins Station

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    Stubbins station was opened in 1847 by the East Lancashire Railway (the company that now own the line shares the same name). The station started as a double track line from Bury to Rawtenstall, however a secondary branch was opened in 1848 which went from Stubbins to Accrington; no platforms were provided at Stubbins. The station closed in 1972, and both the north and southbound platforms still remain, along with the subway and a single track that is still in use by the ELR.
    When the ELR reopened the route, previous plans for re-opening Stubbins station were dropped. Trains continue to run through on the Bury to Ramsbottom line.

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    The subway. This connected the north and southbound platforms, and sat at the north end of the station. The subway is still open to the public, however the entrances to the station are now blocked. Passengers using the northbound platform would access it through the subway as there was no access from street-level.

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    The northbound platform and original signpost for the station. Including the grass you can see, this was the width of the northbound platform. It only served trains running on the Bury to Rawtenstall route, and a fence was put up on the Accrington side to prevent passengers falling into the path of oncoming trains. The houses seen behind what used to be the Accrington line have been there since before the station was built.

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    The view towards Rawtenstall. To railings on the left mark the entrance to the subway from the northbound platform; the wall to the right marks the entrance from the southbound platform. The subway's location can be identified by the stone-enforced section of track.

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    The southbound platform and evidence of the double track that once lay here. The track serving the southbound platform was lifted in 1968.

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    Apologies for the quality of the pictures - I seem to have picked one of the worst days to visit, considering the weather.
    Totally worth it though as this is definitely my favourite station on the ELR line.​
     
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  2. Camera Shy

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    Defo the next big urbexors hot spot i reckon. ;)
     
  3. Bolts

    Bolts 28DL Regular User
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    Definitely ;) can't beat a few bits of stone next to a rarely-used heritage railway...
    Haha I just thought it was a nice bit of local history, the railways around Bury used to be huge so I'm trying to find what's left
     
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    The photos are missing a big fook off distracting watermark ;)
     
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  5. Bolts

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    Ffs, I knew I'd forgotten something :( next time perhaps :thumb
     
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    Nice little report, after you mentioning last time about the underpass still remaining I popped down and had a quick nosey around, there are still signs of the once busy railway although it's quite limited.
     
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    It's definitely cut down a lot from the days of steam, the guys over at the ELR do a lot to keep it going though so hats off to them. A lot of the track was lifted and replaced - take the Lines in Kirklees Valley for example, that used to be the Tottington branch of the line

    It was the steam gala just this weekend actually, they had about 4 engines running & a freight train which is certainly a rare sight in Bury.
     
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    You don't always have to go on an epic stroll to have a great time, looks a perfect Sunday stroll :thumb
     
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  9. MrDevla

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    I drove through Summerseat on Friday and noticed how busy it was, stood trackside for a short while and saw the little freight train.

    As for the branch line to Tottington the only noticeable remains are the occasional concrete post used for the overhead electrification they trialed and Tottington station.

    Also I'm in agreement that everyone at ELR does a cracking job and if it wasn't for them then majorities of the line would now be housing estates, similar to what little is left of the Bury-Bolton line.
     
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    Cheers, it was definitely a good afternoon despite the rain :thumb
     
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