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Oldham Loop 150th Anniversary A Great Success

The celebrations for the 150th anniversary of the Oldham to Rochdale railway line were well attended on Saturday 2nd November 2013 at the Shaw and Crompton Metrolink stop.  Attached are some photographs of the proceedings and a  good selection of historical photographs are on display throughout November in exhibitions at the libraries at Shaw and Crompton  and Milnrow.

Photo 1 The special plaque which was unveiled by the Mayor of Oldham to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Oldham Rochdale railway.

The caption around the edge of the plaque reads:

'CELEBRATING 150 YRS  OLDHAM TO ROCHDALE LINE'   and in the centre a drawing of a 4 - 6 - 2 steam locomotive with '1863 - 2013 LANCASHIRE AND YORKSHIRE RAILWAY' above and ' METROLINK' below.

Photo 2     The celebratory plaque is unveiled by the Mayor of Oldham, Councillor John Hudson, with the Chairman of Shaw and Crompton Parish Council, Councillor Dave Murphy, the Mayoress and Councillor Andrew Fender, Chair of Transport for Greater Manchester Committee. (In the background is Secretary of STORM, Peter Dawson).

Photo 3  Councillor John Dillon, who helped in the organisation of the event,  holds the Northern Rail station nameboard and the green flag beside the yellow Metrolink sign.

Photo 4.   Councillor John Dillon, a STORM member,  compares the blue and white former Northern Rail station nameboard with the yellow Metrolink platform sign.

Contact Information


Meeting Place: Woolworths Social Club
Gipsy Lane
OL11 3HA

Meeting times


2nd Tuesday in Feb, April, June, August, Oct and December,in The Blue Pits Inn, 842 Manchester Road, Castleton, Rochdale, OL11 2SP