Green’s tramroad

Mineral railway that connected Yew Tree Colliery in Tyldesley to the Bridgewater Canal at Astley.

Kaye’s Mineral Line

Standard gauge mineral line built to serve the pits owned by the Lister Kayes of Denby Grange in West Yorkshire.

Ellenbrook tramway

A tramway built by the Bridgewater Trustees in the 1830s to transport coal to the Bridgewater Canal.

Standedge crossings

Standedge has been a major Pennine crossing point for more than 2,000 years.

Tyldesley Loopline

Railway line built in 1864 to connect local collieries to the Liverpool–Manchester main line.


Salamanca, designed and built by Matthew Murray in 1812, was the world’s first commercially successful steam locomotive.

John Blenkinsop

Mining engineer at Charles Brandling’s Middleton Collieries who patented a rack and pinion system for a steam locomotive and commissioned the first practical railway locomotive from Fenton, Murray and Wood’s Round Foundry in Holbeck, Leeds in 1811.

Lancashire Witch locomotive

The Lancashire Witch was built by Robert Stephenson and Company, and was a development of George Stephenson and Timothy Hackworth’s Locomotion No. 1.

Bolton and Leigh Railway

Lancashire’s first public railway, promoted as a mineral line in connection with William Hulton’s coal pits to the west of his estate at Over Hulton.