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Photos from an exploration of the approach routes into Bolton's Great Moor Street station, today 11/02/2017.
The first railway into Bolton was the Bolton & Leigh Railway, which opened for goods traffic on 28/02/1828, so pre-dating the Liverpool & Manchester Railway by several years. Great Moor Street station replaced the original Derby Street station in 1831, by which time the line had been extended to Kenyon Junction on the Liverpool & Manchester line. The Leigh line became an LNWR route in the 1846 mergers. A second line from here was built, to Manchester Exchange via Roe Green and Eccles, in 1875.
The original route out of Bolton towards Daubhill (towards Leigh) was very steep, this was replaced by an easier route (and a tunnel) in 1885. I haven't had chance to see what is left of the original route yet.
Passenger services ceased in 1954; closure to goods traffic was in 1964/1966.
The Roe Green line is walkable/cyclable to Worsley. Almost none of the Leigh/Kenyon line is accessible.