Locomotive crossing Chat Moss in 1830.
Chat Moss to the west of Eccles proved a formidable challenge to engineer George Stephenson. Despite the problems that the soft, boggy land posed Stephenson succeeded in constructing the world's first inter city passenger railway , the Liverpool-Manchester railway.
Sadly the opening day was marred by the fatal accident to William Huskisson M.P. who was run over by a locomotive and died later that day at Eccles Vicarage, becoming the world's first passenger railway fatality. John Cantrell has written about the incident in the Society's
Printed Lectures (1984/85). Simon Garfield tells the story in greater detail in his book The Last Journey of William Huskisson

Nasmyth, Wilson & Co., 
by John Cantrell
John Cantrell's Nasmyth, Wilson and Co. (The History Press, 2005) shows a Nasmyth-Wilson locomotive. This firm, successor to James Nasmyth's Bridgewater Foundry, built locos that were transported across the globe.
Patricroft was also famous for its locomotives sidings and sheds, where many engines would be serviced and repaired. Salford in the days of steam (Steam Image, 2004) by Paul Shackcloth is a book with includes information and photographs of Eccles and Patricroft.

FRECCLES and FrOPS are two friends' groups who have an interest in local stations and railway history.