FIFTIES FAN­TASY

Steam Railway (UK) - - Irish News -

While the ELR has re­ceived many plau­dits for the sta­tion build­ings at Rams­bot­tom and Rawten­stall, which have both been built since the rail­way was re­opened, the im­pres­sive and im­pos­ing sta­tion build­ing at Bury Bolton Street is of­ten over­looked by en­thu­si­asts, but is unique for be­ing the only ex­am­ple of a 1950s-built sta­tion to be lo­cated on a pre­served line. The en­trance build­ing was saved from de­mo­li­tion when the sta­tion was closed by BR in March 1980, but by the time pas­sen­ger ser­vices re­sumed un­der the ELR, just over seven years later, at plat­form level the fa­cil­i­ties were ba­sic to say the least. The sta­tion has un­der­gone an as­ton­ish­ing trans­for­ma­tion over the past quar­ter of a cen­tury. The main build­ing was re­fur­bished dur­ing the mid-1990s while down­stairs, at plat­form level, a large sin­gle-storey build­ing now stands on Plat­form 2, hous­ing ‘The Track­side’ public house. Pub pa­trons and pas­sen­gers on Plat­form 2 are pro­tected from the el­e­ments by a new glazed canopy erected in 2015, re­cov­ered from Old­ham Mumps. On Plat­forms 3 and 4, the roof of the sur­viv­ing canopy has also been re­newed, with glaz­ing re­plac­ing rot­ten chip­board and roof­ing felt, pro­vid­ing a much brighter, more at­trac­tive place to wait for a train. A large wait­ing room and café has also been pro­vided be­neath the canopy, while a small plat­form of­fice is used by sta­tion staff, hav­ing been re­cov­ered from Manch­ester Vic­to­ria in 1990. A high­light of Bury Bolton Street is the vast ar­ray of semaphore sig­nalling around the sta­tion. The sig­nal box at Bury South has been re­stored from its pre­vi­ous derelict con­di­tion and now con­trols all train move­ments within the sta­tion and its ap­proaches, with a large sig­nal gantry at the south end of the plat­forms dom­i­nat­ing the scene.

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