This beerhouse was briefly the Albion Inn when it opened in the late 1860s on the corner of West Albert Street and Cross Lane. It was renamed the Railway Inn, possibly due to an original Railway Inn it replaced, in the 1880s and was bought by Groves & Whitnall. The brewery bought the two remaining shops between the Railway and the Station Hotel just a couple of doors up Cross Lane, and also gave the pub and its neighbouring shop a Wilsons-like cream tiling similar to the Falcon and Wellington nearby. In the 1960s the Railway became a Greenall Whitley pub and remained so until its closure in August 1979. The shop, then the Station, and finally the Railway were pulled down, with the latter's coloured lead windows depicting locomotives being the last to go .
Railway Inn, Cross Lane, Salford, 1970s. (c) Neil Richardson .
1. Salford Pubs - Part Three: Including Cross Lane, Broad Street, Hanky Park, the Height, Brindleheath, Charlestown and Weaste, Neil Richardson (2003).