Blackburn and Preston Railway

Introduction

This railway is open. The line was opened from Farington, on the North Union Railway south of Preston, to Blackburn in 1846. The line was bought by the East Lancashire Railway two months after opening. In 1850 an independent approach to Preston from the south was opened from a triangular junction, this was needed after the opening of the Liverpool, Ormskirk and Preston Railway (East Lancashire Railway) in 1849.

The connection to the former North Union Railway has been altered to Farington Curve Junction.






Locations along the line

These locations are along the line.

LSL at Crewe have had Class 47 D1944 Craftsman out on what is believed to have been route learning on 22nd June 2020. The loco had come from Crewe to ...
John McIntyre 22/06/2020
On Day 9 of the Steam Dreams 'The Highlands & Islands' railtour, B1 no. 61306 'Mayflower' hauls the final leg of the tour from Carnforth to Euston. In ...
John McIntyre 17/05/2019
20312 and 20309 head south with one flask wagon on a summer evening at Farington. This was the Sellafield to Crewe service on 25 June 2012. ...
John McIntyre 25/06/2012
A 2 car Class 175 DMU heads north towards Preston on 22 May 2004, shortly before transfer to the Wales Borders franchise. ...
John McIntyre 22/05/2004
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The Blackburn and Preston Railway opened through here in 1846, running from a junction with the North Union Railway at Farington to Blackburn. This became part of the East Lancashire Railway in the same year.
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Carrying out a turning move at Lostock Hall Jct, ex LMS 4-6-0 no.46115 'Scots Guardsman' reverses off the line from Farington Jct and briefly heads ...
John McIntyre 03/09/2016
DBS 60010 heads east at Lostock Hall Junction on 27 August 2014 with the empty tar tank wagons returning to Lindsey Oil Refinery on Humberside. ...
John McIntyre 27/08/2014
Ex LMS 4-6-0 no 46115 Scots Guardsman with 'The Fellsman' railtour from Lancaster to Carlisle via Preston and Blackburn on 5 August 2015. The ...
John McIntyre 05/08/2015
Having hauled the Cumbrian Mountain Express from Carlisle to Farington Jct, 70013, with support coach, and 37676 head towards Lostock Hall Junction ...
John McIntyre 31/03/2012
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The early afternoon Blackpool South to Colne service passes the CE sidings at Bamber Bridge on 14 March 2010 in the hands of 142051. The former direct ...
John McIntyre 14/03/2010
142028 on a Colne to Blackpool South service departs westwards from Bamber Bridge towards Lostock Hall on 23 May 2009. The train is approaching the ...
John McIntyre 23/05/2009
View west from the platform at Bamber Bridge station towards the former Bamber Bridge Junction on 18 March 2008 as 158 758 approaches on a Blackpool ...
John McIntyre 18/03/2008
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The first steam charter since lockdown, Saphos Trains 'The Fellsman' is seen near Bamber Bridge on 15 July 2020 with 70000 'Britannia' working hard on ...
John McIntyre 15/07/2020
Coming out of the sun, a Northern service from Blackpool to York has just passed Bamber Bridge on 2nd July 2011. Behind DMU 158753, traffic can be ...
John McIntyre 02/07/2011
The track inspection team patrol along the WH Bowker siding at Bamber Bridge as Northern 142045 passes on a Blackpool South to Colne service on 15th ...
John McIntyre 15/09/2012
The second railtour on 13 April 2019 to head between the WCML at Farington Jct and Blackburn was 'The Border Raider'from Birmingham to Carlisle. This ...
John McIntyre 13/04/2019
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Hospital Crossing, lies one mile east of, and is visible from, Bamber Bridge station in a suburb of the town. There was never a station here but a ...
Mark Bartlett 16/08/2008
158759 hurries eastwards through Hospital Crossing on a Blackpool to York service. The crossing is next to a busy road junction and is not automatic ...
Mark Bartlett 16/08/2008
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The LSL stock move from Crewe to Appleby for the third week of the RCS 'Staycation Express' charter service from Skipton to Appleby is seen heading ...
John McIntyre 02/08/2020
A Northern service to Colne descends Hoghton bank heading to the next stop at Pleasington. ...
John McIntyre 14/07/2007
Black 5s 45212 and 45407 (running as 45157) head east at Gregson Lane Crossing near Hoghton on 10th November 2018, whilst working the 1Z50 from ...
John McIntyre 10/11/2018
Black 5s 44871 and 45407 heading east on Hoghton bank on 9 May 2014 with the second leg of Day 1 of The Cathedrals Explorer railtour. The pair ...
John McIntyre 09/05/2014
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Ex LMS Jubilee no.45690 Leander passes Pleasington nearly an hour late with the return Cumbrian Mountain Express on 15 July 2017. The train was ...
John McIntyre 15/07/2017
A Northern Rail York to Blackpool service approaches Pleasington in the early evening of 10 June 2015. ...
John McIntyre 10/06/2015
Looking west from Pleasington station on 29 July 2010 as 142055 approaches on a Blackpool South - Colne service. ...
John McIntyre 29/07/2010
Blackpool South to Colne meets Colne to Blackpool South! 142005 and 142055 call at Pleasington station on 10 June 2015. Pleasington is a request stop ...
John McIntyre 10/06/2015
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The Fellsman railtour returning to Lancaster on 29 July 2015, with 46115 Scots Guardsman passing through Cherry Tree, heading for ...
John McIntyre 29/07/2015
A Northern service from Colne to Blackpool South calls at Cherry Tree on 26 October 2011. ...
John McIntyre 26/10/2011
A Colas Rail Freight Class 66 heads west through Cherry Tree station on 26 October 2011 with the Carlisle to Chirk log train. ...
John McIntyre 26/10/2011
Stanier 8F 2-8-0 no 48151 storms west through Cherry Tree station heading towards Preston on the 'Diamond Jubilee Fellsman' railtour from Carlisle on ...
John McIntyre 06/06/2012
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A Colne to Blackpool South service calls at Mill Hill on 03 June 2017. Although the train has 4 carriages (a Class 150 and 142) the rear unit is ...
John McIntyre 03/06/2017
The line beyond Blackburn, and over Copy Pit, was closed for bridge works during February 2020. 195008 was shuttling between Blackpool and Blackburn, ...
Mark Bartlett 18/02/2020
The rather plain entrance to Mill Hill station in February 2020. Prior to being destaffed in the late 1960s there was a street level booking office ...
Mark Bartlett 18/02/2020
156459 calls at Mill Hill, working a stopping service from Blackburn, on 18th February 2020. Since my last visit in 2009 26706 the surviving L&YR ...
Mark Bartlett 18/02/2020
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BR Standard Class 7MT pacific, no. 70000 'Britannia', arrives back at Blackburn on 17 July 2019 with the second 'Fellsman' railtour of the month and ...
John McIntyre 17/07/2019
The conversion of Class 155 twins to single car 153s was quite ingenious. The cab in the old inner end is notoriously small and the bulkhead behind ...
Mark Bartlett 02/09/2019
Two trains heading for Manchester Victoria, but in opposite directions, from Blackburn on 2nd September 2019. 142024 in Platform 1 will head east and ...
Mark Bartlett 02/09/2019
Photograph Blackburn Cathedral or the soon to be withdrawn Pacer - or both? 142024 sits in Platform 1, newly arrived from Southport via Manchester and ...
Mark Bartlett 02/09/2019
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