Todmorden, England, United Kingdom
August 7, 2002
However on this page there are only two stations covered and one has not been in commercial use for many a long year - this is Liverpool Road.
It was only in the last part of the 20th century that Liverpool Road Station came to resemble more than an old dump, when it became the hub of the Museum of Science and Technology and of the very much face-lifted Castlefield region. Yet this station is overwhelmingly important in railway history.
It was opened for public use in 1830 for the then new line from Manchester to Liverpool which was probably the first commercially viable steam railway. The engineer was the great George Stephenson whose famous 'Rocket' was chosen in the Rainhill Trials to pull the train. The inaugural run saw a government minister step out to his death - accident rather than suicide!
The other station worth seing, even if you are not using it, is Victoria. It is now shared between trains - which have run here since well back in the 19th century - and trams to Bury, Altrincham and Piccadilli Station which are a feature of the late 20th. First built in 1844, it approximated to its full size by the 1880s but its striking façade was added in the first years of the 20th Century. This was most impressive and carried names of places served on an iron and glass structure which was severely damaged by the IRA bomb in 1996. This also destroyed the whole area around the station. Fortunately you could now not tell that the façade was damaged and the surrounding area, which was grim before the bomb and devastated after it, is now most impressive. The mid 19th century station opens out to the late 20th century Mark's and Spencer and the 21st century Urbis museum [which will have a page here shortly once I have been to it.]
From journal Roman times to 21st Century