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Stalybridge Station
Rassbottom Street, Stalybridge, Tameside, Manchester, UK
Stalybridge Station
associated engineer
Not known
date  23rd December 1845
era  Victorian  |  category  Building  |  reference  SJ957986
photo  Paul Dunkerley / ICE R&D Fund
Stalybridge Station was the original terminus of the Manchester, Sheffield & Lancashire Railway. Forty years later, it became a joint station for the Manchester, Sheffield & Lincolnshire Railway and the London & North Western Railway.
The present waiting rooms are part of the original buildings. The ones on the eastbound platform are single storey brick structures, fronted by glass awnings carried on cast iron braced columns. On the westbound (towards Manchester) platform, they are simple rain protection shelters.
Better known than the station itself is its buffet bar, located at the western end of the buildings on the eastbound platform. This was awarded a Blue Plaque on 16th July 1994 to celebrate the fact that "This Victorian Buffet Bar is unique and is authentic in detail since being rebuilt in 1885."
A replica of the historic station clock was unveiled on 31st January 1997.
In 2008, the government announced that they would spend 370m to upgrade 40 railway stations, including Stalybridge. The idea is to provide step-free access from station entrance to platforms.
Research: PD
"A Guide to the Industrial Archaeology of Greater Manchester"
by Robina McNeil and Michael Nevell
Association for Industrial Archaeology, 2000

Stalybridge Station