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"S" is for "Station House" and today we see the former station building of Micklehurst railway station in Mossley, around four miles from the centre of Ashton.
The nearest railway line is half a mile away, on the other side of the valley, but there is a clue to the past in the name of the road - Station Road. This was the site of Micklehurst Station, one of four stations on the "Micklehurst Loop line", which ran more or less parallel to the earlier railway between Stalybridge and Diggle. The extra lines were needed to cope with the increasing volume of rail traffic.
The line opened in 1885. The station closed in 1907 but the line continued to be used for goods traffic until it was shut in 1966 (apart from the section between Stalybridge and Hartshead Power Station at Millbrook).
Today the former track behind the building has become a footpath, cycleway and bridleway running through Greenfield to Uppermill.
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