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In the last 50 years Rochdale Railway Station has undergone quite a few changes. In the late 60s and before it's redevelopment in the early 1970s it had multiple platforms (and gas lamps), and a was a lot larger than it's current configuration has been in recent years. Several years ago a new interchange was created at the front of the station, when the Metrolink Tram system arrived on what was formerly the Oldham Loop line, this meant that the former Bay Platform at the eastern end of the station, and where the Loop trains had terminated, was suddenly no longer needed. Thanks to the electrification of a number of lines in the north west, and the re-construction of the Todmorden Curve, and the current work on building the 'Ordsall Chord', which will link the two main stations in Manchester together at long last, the number of services running through the station are set to increase, and in recent months a lot of work has taken place to create two new bay platforms at the western end of the station, and to re-open the old subway so that a new car park could be made at the rear of the station. Whilst the weekend works on this line have prevented me from being able to travel very far for much of the first part of the year, at long last it looks like this is now almost finished, and the station will be fully opened again very soon. Now that weekend services have been restored again, I was able to get a few shots of how it now looks behind the barricades, and these are included in this gallery, which is probably a lot shorter than the write up! :-)

Network Rail produced a stop-motion video about the upgrade work, and this can be viewed HERE:


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