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Macclesfield Central (exc.) to Marple Wharf Junction

Section of Line Opened Closed Notes
Macclesfield Goods Jn to Marple Wharf Junction 02.08.1869 (P)
Macclesfield Goods Jn to Marple Wharf Junction 01.03.1870 (G)
Macclesfield Central to Macclesfield Goods Junction 03.08.1871 (G)
Macclesfield Central to Macclesfield Goods Junction 01.07.1873 (P)
Macclesfield to Rose Hill 05.01.1970 (A)
Junctions and other features Running Lines Stations, Signal Boxes and Junctions Distance from Signal Box above Loops and Refuge Sidings Notes
Up Down
Maximum permissible speed 50 m.p.h.
1 Macclesfield Central (Western Lines)
2 Macclesfield Goods Junction (Western Lines) 0m 1017yds
3 Bollington Station 1m 1412yds
4 Higher Poynton Station 4m 357yds
Middlewood (Higher) Station
High Lane Station
5 Rose Hill Station 3m 666yds
6 Marple Wharf Junction 0m 1714yds



Much of the route between Rose Hill and Macclesfield has been converted into a trail for walkers, cyclists and horse riders. The main remnants of the railway are one (up) platform at the site of High Lane Station, both platforms at Higher Poynton, the viaduct at Bollington, the station house at Middlewood, and a brick cabin of some sort located between Higher Poynton and Bollington. The site of Bollington Station has been completely landscaped. Between Rose Hill and Higher Poynton, the route is often in cuttings. From Higher Poynton to Bollington the views become better. From Bollington to Macclesfield much of the trackbed has been used for a new road and the final couple of miles into the town use ordinary footpaths.

Around Higher Poynton the area is crisscrossed by several disused colliery railways, many of which can be explored easily from the Middlewood way. There is a small, but informative, visitors centre a few yards away from the trail at Higher Poynton and the Anson Engine Museum is with easy walking distance.