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TRAM SideTracked - Milnrow

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Hidden : 07/07/2014
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Geocache Description:

Formerly a railway station, now a Manchester Metrolink station.

The cache is located outside the Harbour Lane North entrance to the station. From the car park on Station Road, you will need to walk through the station and out the other side to GZ. A pen is required to sign the log and tweezers may be useful to extract the log.


At the time the station opened it was as part of a new line from Oldham Mumps to Rochdale East Junction, and created a Middleton Junction to Rochdale route. In 1880 a line was built from Oldham Werneth to Thorpes Bridge Junction near Newton Heath. Subsequently the whole Thorpes Bridge Junction to Rochdale East Junction route became known as the Oldham Loop Line. The pattern of train services on the Oldham Loop Line involved a greater number of trains serving the Oldham stations, and less services continuing on to Milnrow and Rochdale. In the 1960s and 1970s fewer and fewer trains ran from Oldham Mumps to Rochdale, and in May 1972 the Secretary of State for Transport announced that this part of the Oldham Loop including Milnrow Station would be closed. The closure did not go ahead because what later became the Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive (GMPTE) agreed to fund the continuation of services (though the line through the station was subsequently singled between Rochdale & Shaw). The involvement of the GMPTE also lead to a more frequent pattern of trains serving the Oldham Mumps to Rochdale section including Milnrow.[1]

The station closed on 3 October 2009 for the conversion of the line to Metrolink and re-opened as Milnrow Metrolink station on 28 February 2013.[2] The route was re-doubled as part of the conversion work to allow a more frequent service to operate than before.

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