Wigan North Western is one of two railway stations in the town of Wigan, Greater Manchester. The Wigan Junction Railway opened between the Liverpool and Manchester railway in 1832, and the station was relocated to its current position in 1838.
Wigan experienced drastic expansion during the Industrial Revolution, and became known as a coal, mill and porcelain town. Wigan Pier, a wharf on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, was made famous by George Orwell, and is now a local heritage centre and cultural hub. It is also home to the Trencherfield Mill Steam Engine, one of the largest and finest working examples of its type. Built over 100 years ago, this mammoth metal powerhouse was regarded as a feat of industrial engineering. Churning out a massive 2,500 horse power to feed the ever hungry machinery of Trencherfield Mill, it played an instrumental role in Wigan’s industrial development.