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1831 It was sanctioned to convert the Manchester, Bolton and Bury Canal into a railway and to build the Kearsley branch - a total length of 11 miles. This proposal was subsequently modified.
1838 The railway was built parallel to the canal from Salford to Clifton Junction, and then took a direct route to Bolton, and was opened on May 29th, 1838 - see
1840 the company was running ten trains a day in each direction from Manchester to Bolton with single fares at 2s 6d and 1s 6d for a single journey
The company worked the Lancaster and Preston Junction Railway from 1842.
In 1846 they were absorbed by the Manchester and Leeds Railway