A busy Heapey Station in 1906. A Chorley bound train has just pulled in and passengers are alighting from the coaches. Just past the distant signal box, the sidings to Heapey Bleach works branched of to the left. The main line to Chorley went to the right, behind the Goods Shed.The station hardly changed at all over the next fifty years
On the Chorley to Blackburn line, Heapey Station was often busy with both passenger and goods traffic. It was a popular dismounting point with ramblers making their way to White Coppice and the moors close by. Goods trains took produce from the farms, and also the mills at Wheelton and Withnell Fold. There was also two large factories in Heapey, namely the Royal Ordnance and Heapey Bleach Works. Both had their own line into the factories. See this link about suspected storage of railway engines at the ROF at Heapey.
I have been told that one dark wet night during the Second World war, the Railway Hotel across the road only had one customer all night - and that was the stationmaster who called in to buy matches so as to light the lamps on the platforms. The pub's total takings being a ha'penny for the night.The line was closed in the late 1960's as a result of Dr Beeching and his cuts to the British rail network. The station buildings on the Chorley bound line (i.e. the left side platform in the picture below) survive today and have had extensions added to them. The remaining buildings have been demolished. The station is now a private residence, and a kennels/cattery.A good article on the line is here It even uses one of my photos below!! May as well give myself a credit as they didn't ;-)