This was in 1979 when the diamonds were installed on the coal train route to Rawtenstall, a service which finished that weekend so the diamonds were never used. The current Heywood to Bury passes over the embankment in the background. It is possibly close enough for a walkway to the tram platform but I suspect passengers may prefer to stay on the train and run via Heywood through to Manchester Victoria. There are times when the line is fully occupied during the week by ELR so maybe keep the Heywood shuttles and connect to services to Victoria at Heywood cross-platform. It would certainly be cheaper than building a new line round the ELR depot and a new station at the junction.
Restoration of regular Rawtenstall, Bury, Manchester service takes step forward