This once important little link line was constructed in 1887 allowing trains to move goods westwards from the manufacturing areas towards Bolton and Liverpool. The gradient was so steep that goods trains always required a banking engine from Bury. As a young boy I can recall seeing the engine working the incline. For railway buffs it was 43880 an 0-6-0 clapped out 4F Fowler design with permanently leaking cylinders. KH
The Branch also had a passenger service from Radcliffe to Bolton for a little while with a Halt at what is now the junction to Greenbank Road. The whole of the cutting was filled with refuse in the 1970s.