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.

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
DCR Class 56 no.56303 heads south with former DRS 47813 and 37601 at Farington south of Preston on a Carlisle to Leicester move on 11 April 2017. ...
John McIntyre 11/04/2017
Stanier Coronation Class pacific No.6233 Duchess of Sutherland heads south at Farington on the WCML with a railtour to Crewe on 22 May 2004. ...
John McIntyre 22/05/2004
Regional Railways liveried Class 142 and 150 DMUs head south on the WCML at Farington in September 1999. ...
John McIntyre /09/1999

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
It's back! A4 no 60009 Union of South Africa seen in the afternoon sunshine of 18 July 2012 at Lostock Hall Junction hauling a Carnforth to ...
John McIntyre 18/07/2012


Stanier 8F 2-8-0 no.48151 accelerates 'The Brief Encounter' railtour after having being checked by signals at Bamber Bridge. Making an impressive ...
John McIntyre 15/09/2018
Pacer 142034 stops at Bamber Bridge and the traffic is already flowing again on the A6 road. When the signal box is finally closed the operation of ...
Mark Bartlett 18/07/2018
The Railway Touring Company's Cumbrian Mountain Express on 6 June 2015 ran from London to Appleby via Shap and returned via Settle and ...
John McIntyre 06/06/2015
Colas Railfreight no.56087 passes Bamber Bridge on 17 May 2014 whilst working the 6J37 Carlisle Yard to Chirk log train. ...
John McIntyre 17/05/2014

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
A Northern service to Colne descends Hoghton bank heading to the next stop at Pleasington. ...
John McIntyre 14/07/2007
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
No.9 back on the line. Following overhaul, and prior to being used on the Great Briton X tour, A4 60009 took a test train round the ...
Mark Bartlett 26/04/2017


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

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
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
The next stop at Mill Hill is in sight (just by the distant bridge) as 142048 leaves Cherry Tree heading for Blackburn and Colne on a gloomy day. The ...
Mark Bartlett 04/12/2009

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
Mill Hill station was a Lancashire and Yorkshire era addition to the East Lancashire line and so was constructed with a L&YR standard island platform, ...
Mark Bartlett 04/12/2009




Clitheroe services pass at Blackburn on 14th February 2018. Both trains had three coaches, formed of a Class 150/2 and a 153. That on the left in ...
Mark Bartlett 14/02/2018
A Blackpool North to York service leaves Blackburn station on 16th June 2017, heading towards the tunnel. The very useful Railway Codes website ...
Mark Bartlett 16/06/2017
Pacer 142041 leaves Blackburn with a Colne to Preston stopping service on 14th February 2018. This is probably the unit's last full year of ...
Mark Bartlett 14/02/2018
Plaques adorning Blackburn station, August 2014. ...
John Yellowlees 02/08/2014