Chadderton Goods Branch
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NEWS & UPDATES - 24/06/2017 Links to youtube videos added for Chadderton Goods BR trains on the branch and Middleton Junction & Vitriol Works. Also added to Oldham Loop section for trips around the branch. 21/05/2017. Photos added to Royton Junction & Bullcote Lane / Heyside. 07/05/2017 Oldham Mumps goods sheds updated and a couple of photos added to Trains at Oldham Mumps. 05/05/2017 Photos added to Newton Heath Depot and Trains at Oldham Mumps. 24/04/2017 Oldham Mumps Station section updated in Oldham Loop. 15/04/2017 Oldham Loops Phots of Hollinwood & Oldham Werneth updated. 14/04/2017. Photos of the present day Chadderton Goods branch added to the "Then & Now" and "BR trains on the line" section. 10/03/2017 Photo of 8F railtour to Chadderton Goods added as well as more photos around Chadderton Junction.

8F 48546 in Chadderton Goods on a railtour 05/01/1963. The tour had run from Middleton Junction to Oldham Mumps, being the last train to work on the Werneth incline. The tour slipped to a stand on the incline and had to be banked by WD 90656. The tour went to Oldham Mumps loop where the 8F ran round for the return trip to Middleton Junction and then on to Chadderton Goods. The tour is thought to have run as 8Z40 throughout. Photographer and copyright T A Fletcher.

This photo show Fowler 2-6-4 No. 42343 at Chadderton Goods on a railtour 07/08/1965. This was a ebay purchase of an unknown photographer.
Steam loco 46406 seen from Hunt Lane Bridge. Photo courtesy of Photo-Restore UK. Click photo to see their services.
An 08(675?) crosses the Rochdale Canal near Middleton Junction. 17th May 1982. © Geoff Jones 2015

A comparrison to the view above with the bridge to Oldham & Chadderton now removed. Also gone are teh Laurel and Bay Tree cotton mills. 14/04/2017. © Chris Bruce 2017

08(675?) trundles through the remains of Middleton Junction Station heading to or from Chadderton Goods. 17th May 1982. © Geoff Jones 2015

Middlton Junction without station, signal box and 08 shunter. 14/04/2017. © Chris Bruce 2017

An unidetified 08 heads along the Chadderton Goods branch. 23rd July 1982. © Geoff Jones 2015
An unidentified 08 at Ferney Field level crossing. 23rd July 1982. © Geoff Jones 2015
An unidentified 08 seen from Ferney Field level crossing. The sleepers show where the run round loop used to end. 23rd July 1982. © Geoff Jones 2015
A closer view of the 08 heading back towards Middleton Junction. 23rd July 1982. © Geoff Jones 2015

Fernie Field level crossing looking towards Chadderton Goods. 14/04/2017. © Chris Bruce 2017

The view from Ferney Field crossing down towards Middleton Junction. 23rd July 1982. © Geoff Jones 2015

Fernie Field level crossing  looking down the branch to Chadderton Junction 14/04/2017. © Chris Bruce 2017

08(475?) crossing the Rochdale Canal near Middleton Junction. 15th October 1982. © Geoff Jones 2015
08(475?) on the branch 15th October 1982. © Geoff Jones 2015
08475 with a rake of vac braked 16T wagons on the branch. 22nd December 1982. © Geoff Jones 2015
08475 returning from Chadderton Goods light engine. 22nd December 1982. © Geoff Jones 2015
08475 on the branch. 22nd December 1982. © Geoff Jones 2015
08475 on the branch. 22nd December 1982. © Geoff Jones 2015
A class 25 heading past Middleton Junction West signal box, towards Chadderton Goods. Date unknown. Photo © Allan Roach.
A class 37 propelling HEA wagons past Middleton junction West signal box, heading for Chadderton Goods. Date unknown. Photo © Allan Roach
The unidentified class 37 leaving Chadderton Goods, passing Radclyffe School, just before Ferney Field crossing. Date unknown. Photo © Allan Roach 2015
A class 37 at Chadderton Junction, propelling back towards Middleton Junction. Date unknown. Photo © Allan Roach 2015
A class 37 between Chadderton Junction and the Rochdale canal. Heading back to Middleton Junction. Date unknown. Photo © Allan Roach 2015
A class 47, unusually leaving loco first, heading back to Middleton Junction just after Ferney Field crossing. Date unknown. Photo © Allan Roach 2015
Wedd killing operations on the curve to Chadderton Goods, passing Middleton Junction West signal box. Date unknown. Photo © Allan Roach 2015
08675 departing Chaddy Goods in 1985. As far as I am aware this is the last time an 08 worked the branch. The 08 is possibly standing in for a failed mainline loco, & has worked the wagons from either Castleton or Middleton Junction. © Chris Bruce 2012
08675 again in 1985 with the late running departure. The branch train usually ran 8 - 10 am. This was taken at nearly 1 pm. © Chris Bruce 2012
08675 with the Guard waiting to re-position the 'stop block' over the right hand rail. The post next to the 08 used to have 'STOP AND AWAIT INSTRUCTION' sign on them. Note the Laurel and Bay Tree cotton mills are still standing. © Chris Bruce 2012

You can hardly tell the above scene took place. The Laurel and Bay Tree cotton mills are long gone, only the pylon remains. 14/04/2017. Copyright Chris Bruce 2017.

37022 starts to propel from Middleton Junction to Chadderton Goods. 13 May 1986. Photo © Allan Roach 2015
37022 propelling past Middleton junction West signal box, heading for Chadderton Goods. 13/05/1986. Photo © Allan Roach 2015
37022 waiting to enter Chadderton Goods 13 May 1986. Photo © Allan Roach 2015
The stop block is replaced after 37022's visit to Chadderton Goods. 13 May 1986. Photo © Allan Roach
47144 on the branch at Middleton Junction West. Date is prior to April 1986. © Allan Roach 2015
47144 in the run round loop between Middleton Junction West & Vitriol Works. Date is prior to April 1986 © Allan Roach 2015
47144 near Vitriol Works Signal Box. The lines to the right are for Chadderton Goods. Date is prior to April 1986 © Allan Roach 2015
47144 by Vitriol Works Signal Box. Date is prior to April 1986 © Allan Roach 2015
47144 by Vitriol Works Signal Box. Date is prior to April 1986 © Allan Roach 2015
47313 propells HEAs across Fearney Field crossing. 13/06/1986. © Lyndon Platt 2012
47313 nears Chadderton Goods 13/06/1986. © Lyndon Platt 2012
47137 has just crossed Fearney Field level crossing, note the guard sat on the first HEA. 16/06/1986. © Chris Bruce 2012

This photo was taken from a similar position to the one above 14/04/2017.  Copyright Chris Bruce 2017

47137 propelling towards Chadderton Goods. 16/06/1986. © Chris Bruce 2012
47137 waiting to enter Chadderton Goods. 16/06/1986. © Chris Bruce 2012
47366 awaits entry to Chadderton Goods on an unknown date around 1986/87. © Lyndon Platt 2012
47366 awaits entry to Chadderton Goods on an unknown date around 1986/87. © Lyndon Platt 2012
47366 in the 2nd siding at Chadderton Goods, clearly showing BR locos crossed the coal drop. Unknown date around 1986/87. © Lyndon Platt 2012
The guard replaces the wooden stop block before 47366 heads back to Middleton Junction. Unknown date around 1986/87. © Lyndon Platt 2012
47335 leads defective HEA 361309 & brake van 953683 out of Chadderton Goods 12/01/1987. © Lyndon Platt 2012
47335 leaving with HEA 361309 & brake van 953683 12/01/1987. © Lyndon Platt 2012
47379 heading back towards Middleton Junction, seen from Hunt Lane Bridge 12/02/1987. © Lyndon Platt 2012
47379 heads for Castleton & Heywood, from Middleton Junction, having worked to Chadderton Goods first. 12/02/1987. © Lyndon Platt 2012
47330 propells empty HEA wagons and an engineers ZCA (OCA) DC112069 out of Chadderton Goods on 16/02/1987. One of the few occasions non coal wagons were part of the train. © Chris Bruce 2012
A closer look at 47330 and the ZCA wagon 16/02/1987. © Chris Bruce 2012
The Guard replaces the wooden stop block across one rail after 47330 has passed 16/02/1987. © Chris Bruce 2012
47330 propells the train back towards Middleton Junction 16/02/1987. Note the cotton mills have been demolished. © Chris Bruce 2012
45062 head towards Chadderton Goods. 18/02/1987. © Lyndon Platt 2012
45062 nears the stop block. 18/02/1987. © Lyndon Platt 2012
45007 at Middleton Junction heading for Chadderton Goods 16/04/1987. © Chris Platt 2013
In cab shot from 45007 on the Chadderton Goods Branch 16/04/1987. © Chris Platt 2013
45007 in the second siding after arriving at Chadderton Goods. © Chris Platt 2013
View from the cab of 45007 at Chadderton Goods 16/04/1987. The man from British Fuels talks to the BR Guard. The Guard will release the hand brake on the wagonon the right, rolling it out by gravity. © Chris Platt 2013
Gravity moves empty HEA wagon from siding 3 to the coal drop. 45007 will then move from siding 2 to propel the HEA back to Middleton Junction 16/04/1987. © Chris Platt 2013
45007 arrives back at Middleton Junction 16/04/1987. © Chris Platt 2013
47123 starts its journey from Middleton Junction to Chadderton Goods. 21/04/1987. © Chris Platt 2013
47123 at Middleton Junction 21/04/1987. © Chris Platt 2013
47123 heading up to Chadderton Goods from Middleton Junction. 21/04/1987. © Chris Platt 2013
31158 arrives light engine 22/04/1987. © Chris Bruce 2012
31158 awaits permission to enter. 22/04/1987. © Chris Bruce 2012
31158 departing with 3 empty HEA wagons. 22/04/1987. © Chris Bruce 2012
31160 framed by Hunt Lane Bridge. 23/04/1987. © Chris Bruce 2012
31160 arrives 23/04/1987. The two men had installed a new "Stop BLock" seen in the up position. They installed it 90° out and the train smashed it off. © Chris Bruce 2012
47192 arrives at Chadderton Goods 27/05/1987. © Chris Platt 2013
47192 departing Chadderton Goods light engine 27/05/1987. © Chris Platt 2013
31296 arrives at Chadderton Goods 29/05/1987. © Chris Platt 2013
31296 departing Chadderton Goods 29/05/1987. © Chris Platt 2013

A similar view on 14/04/2017. Copyright Chirs Bruce 2017

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