Mid-Cheshire Line

Mid-Cheshire Line

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The Mid-Cheshire Line is a railway line in the north-west of England, between Chester and Manchester.


The Mid Cheshire line has its origins in railways promoted by three separate railway companies in the 19th century. The Cheshire Midland Railway was opened to passengers between Altrincham and Knutsford on , then completed to Northwich on . The West Cheshire Railway opened from Northwich to West Cheshire Junction in 1869. This railway was extended from Mouldsworth to a new terminus at Chester Northgate in . The line from Altrincham to Manchester was the Manchester, South Junction and Altrincham Railway (MSJAR), opened on and jointly owned by the London and North Western Railway and the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway (MSLR, later the Great Central Railway). The line from Chester to Altrincham was vested in the Cheshire Lines Committee (CLC), a joint committee regulated by the Great Northern Railway (GNR), MSLR and the Midland Railway (MR). This committee became an independent company after 1867 and survived the 1923 Grouping intact. Services were operated by the CLC until nationalisation on 1 January 1948, when the line became part of British Railways London Midland Region. Between 1880 and 1969, CLC trains from Chester via Altrincham terminated at Manchester Central railway station.

Prior to the Beeching closures in the 1960s, there were branch lines with services from the Mid Cheshire line (see also the Winsford and Over branch). Dr....
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