The railways were always a key element of the infrastructure that made industry successful in Irlam. The building of the Margarine Works started in Higher Irlam in 1914 but pace was slowed by the First World War with it being finally completed in 1917. The industry built on increasing demand for fats was one of the industries enabled by the construction of the Cheshire Lines Railway and the Manchester Ship Canal. The development of these communication links led to a huge influx of industry to Irlam and Cadishead during the 1800s and 1900s.
To learn more about the industrial history of the area then please see the boards around the station developed to show Irlam & Cadishead Heritage with more information at www.irlamandcadishead.net.
The railway tracks that have been installed are to hold our exhibits celebrating these developments with types of wagons that may have helped deliver raw materials and take away finished goods from the area. Already installed are:
1. Margarine works creamery milk tanker.
2. Steel works slag wagon.
The following are the hopeful the next stage and there may be room at the front for a final item?
3. Ship Canal wagon
4. CWS soap work wagon.
Thank you also to the Hamilton and Davies Trust for their involvement in developing these displays.