Lancaster and Preston Junction Railway

Introduction

This line is open. It became part of the London and North Western Railway.



Locations along the line

These locations are along the line.

This is an end on junction north of Preston station where the Lancaster and Preston Junction Railway met the North Union Railway.
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This short lived station was the proposed terminus of the Bolton and Preston Railway in Preston, when proposed it was to be reached from the south perhaps using the former route of the Preston to Walton Tramroad (Lancaster Canal) which had a number of sidings in the area around the canal basin as far as Dock Street to the west.
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A Virgin Pendolino accelerates northwards having just passed Fylde Junction in Preston on 1st November 2016. The buildings on the left are part of St ...
Mark Bartlett 01/11/2016
Northern Sprinter 150110 swings west at Fylde Junction with a Hazel Grove to Blackpool North stopping service on 19th May 2016. The Lancaster lines ...
Mark Bartlett 19/05/2016
A quartet of DBS 66s head south through Preston on Easter Monday 2012, presumably after weekend engineering duties. 66187 led the way followed by ...
Mark Bartlett 09/04/2012
Preston power box is approaching 40 years old having been commissioned in 1973. Although it is taking on additional responsibilities from 2012, with ...
Mark Bartlett 09/04/2012

This was a pair of railway flat crossings immediately north of Fylde Junction.
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This is a fine bridge over Fylde Road of dressed stone with footpath arches on either side and a roadway arch in the middle (a little narrow for a two lane modern road).
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St. Walburge's Church spire is a landmark that has appeared on many Preston railway photographs over the years, although usually captured from the ...
Mark Bartlett 28/01/2017

This goods yard was on the east side of the line on the north bank of the Lancaster Canal. It was accessible from both north and south. ...

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This station closed in 1925 and little if anything remains to show its location. It served Oxheys Cattle Market.
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Heading back to Mossend after weekend engineering duties are DBS 66140, 66060, 66105 (in DBS red) and 66011. This image, looking towards Preston on ...
Mark Bartlett 04/10/2015
Far from home, Bulleid West Country pacific no. 34046 Braunton heads north on the WCML near Oxheys north of Preston whilst out on a test run ...
John McIntyre 16/07/2013
Colas liveried (but now GBRf owned) 47749 ran light engine from Craigentinny to the East Lancashire Railway on 22nd January 2018. The Brush Type 4 is ...
Mark Bartlett 22/01/2018
DBS 90018 and 90024 work a Mossend to Daventry intermodal service towards Preston passing the Oxheys Loop on 22nd January 2018. This was once a four ...
Mark Bartlett 22/01/2018

This was a short lived station to the west of Broughton. Opened 26 June 1840 and closed and replaced by Broughton [Lancashire] [2nd], which was further north, in November 1840. Nothing now remains.
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This was a two platform station with the main building on the northbound platform.
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After touring Scotland B1 61306 remained in charge of the 'Steam Dreams' railtour and took the final leg from Carnforth to Euston. WCRC 47802 brought ...
Mark Bartlett 17/05/2019
Another CAF Civity EMU on test in May 2019. 3-car 331005 was shuttling between Preston and Carnforth when seen at Barton and Broughton heading ...
Mark Bartlett 17/05/2019
An Edinburgh to Euston Pendolino heads towards Preston near Barton and Broughton on 29th August 2016. The signal on the left controls access to the ...
Mark Bartlett 29/08/2016
Having been passed by several passenger services, Freightliner 66953 pulls out of the Down Loop at Barton & Broughton to continue its journey from ...
Mark Bartlett 29/11/2016

This was a short lived station to the east of Dunscombe. It was named for the nearby Roe Buck Inn, now Roebuck Hotel. The bridge over the line was called Roebuck Bridge. The station was replaced by Brock, just to the north, in 1849, or possibly earlier.
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This was a small two platform station which replaced Roebuck to the south. There was a siding on the west side of the line to the north of a level crossing and passenger station to the south.
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45690 Leander took charge of the second 2018 Fellsman, seen here passing Brock on the morning of 12th June. ...
Mark Bartlett 12/06/2018
DB 66128 heads south at Brock with an evening train of containers from Grangemouth to Daventry on 15th June 2019. ...
Mark Bartlett 15/06/2019
Llandudno to Glenrothes is not a routing you see every day on the WCML. 67012, still in Wrexham, Shropshire and Marylebone Railway base colours, hauls ...
Mark Bartlett 15/06/2019
DRS 68034, yet to have its Victorious nameplates fitted, pilots 68005 Defiant with the Crewe to Sellafield flasks on 12th June 2018. The ...
Mark Bartlett 12/06/2018

These water troughs were to the north of Brock station. There was a water tank on the west side of the line, later two. The troughs were established at some point in the 1860s to allow locomotives to take water without stopping and survived until at least the late 1950s. ...

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This station on the main line was the junction for the line to Knott End. The two lines ran north for some distance before the branch ran to Garstang Town.
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DRS 88002 is about to cross Brock Bridge with the Daventry to Mossend intermodal service on 30 April 2019. ...
John McIntyre 30/04/2019
A TPE Class 185 speeds north near Garstang & Catterall with a Sunday working from Manchester Airport to Oxenholme on 26th May 2019. The train is ...
Mark Bartlett 26/05/2019
The Settle & Carlisle Statesman excursion from High Wycombe heads north along the WCML approaching Garstang & Catterall on 14th July 2018. West ...
Mark Bartlett 14/07/2018
The footbridge over the River Calder at Garstang & Catterall has always provided a good view of northbound trains but those running south were hidden ...
Mark Bartlett 14/07/2018

The former site of a level crossing where a footbridge crosses the railway alongside Woodacre Hall (to the west) and the M6 (to the east).
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Colas 70814 passes Milepost 11 approaching Woodacre with the Sunday log empties from Chirk to Carlisle on 14th July 2019. ...
Mark Bartlett 14/07/2019
Jubilee 45699 hauled the Grange-over-Sands to Bristol leg of the Great Britain X railtour on 5th May 2017, which was Day 7 of 9. After touring ...
Mark Bartlett 05/05/2017
The Branch Line Society ran a one way Sunday Shed railtour from Crewe to Polmont on Sunday 28th April 2019. The nine coach special is seen at ...
Mark Bartlett 28/04/2019
A light engine(s) movement from Crewe Gresty Bridge on 28th June 2019. 68003 'Astute' dragged 88008 'Ariadne' to Carlisle Kingmoor and the pair are ...
Mark Bartlett 28/06/2019

This short lived station was replaced by Scorton [Lancashire] [2nd] not far to the north. It opened on 26th June 1840 and closed in August. It was south of Scorton.
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Day 1 of the annual UK tour of the Royal Scotsman saw 66746 take the train from Edinburgh to Chester on 7th July 2019. The train is seen at ...
Mark Bartlett 07/07/2019
Job done! The fireman relaxes in his seat as 48151 and support coach work back to Carnforth from Preston on the evening of 25th June 2019. The ...
Mark Bartlett 25/06/2019
Freightliner 66516 heads a Daventry to Coatbridge intermodal through Scorton on Saturday 1st June 2019. This train would normally be hauled by two ...
Mark Bartlett 01/06/2019
After years of being almost dedicated to the Calder Valley routes from Leeds to Manchester and Blackpool the small fleet of 3-car 158s are now ...
Mark Bartlett 01/06/2019

This was a two platform station with the main building on the southbound platform and a signal box. It was to the west of Scorton itself.
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68004 Rapid crosses an occupation bridge as it heads south at Scorton with 2C32, the Carlisle to Preston train on 14th May 2018, the last week ...
Mark Bartlett 14/05/2018
Freightliner 90043 and 90041 pass over an occupation bridge at Scorton with a Coatbridge to Daventry intermodal service on 14th May 2018. ...
Mark Bartlett 14/05/2018
37884 'Cepheus', working light engine from Leicester to Mossend, passes the site of Scorton station on Sunday 23rd June 2019. Scorton was one of four ...
Mark Bartlett 23/06/2019
A grubby DB 66170 heads north with a fully loaded Seaforth to Mossend container train approaching the Wyre Viaduct at Scorton on a gloomy 19th ...
Mark Bartlett 20/02/2019

This fine double track six arch viaduct crosses the River Wyre not far north of the former Scorton [Lancashire] [2nd] station. Also known, historically, as Wyre Bridge or even Six Arch Viaduct.
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DB 66145, still in EWS livery, crosses the River Wyre at Scorton heading north with a container train on a sunny 22nd April 2017. ...
Mark Bartlett 22/04/2017
Light and shade on a sunny autumn afternoon as 66135 takes a Daventry to Grangemouth intermodal service across the River Wyre near Scorton in ...
Mark Bartlett 27/10/2018
Two Class 90s, both in bright red DB livery, cross the River Wyre near Scorton with a Mossend to Daventry intermodal on 30th April 2018. ...
Mark Bartlett 30/04/2018
DRS 37424 Avro Vulcan XH558 seen approaching the viaduct over the River Wyre at Scorton at the head of 2C47 1003hrs Preston to ...
Mark Bartlett 09/02/2018

This was a two platform station with the main station building on the southbound platform.
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DRS electro-diesel 88002 'Prometheus' takes the northbound Tesco over the embankment at Bay Horse on a cold but sunny 2nd February 2019. ...
Mark Bartlett 02/02/2019
Pullman liveried 57601 leads a Northern Belle service south along the WCML at Bay Horse on 9th June 2019. The train had originated in ...
Mark Bartlett 09/06/2019
The DRS electro-diesels handle the Tesco containers single handed and, despite appearances, that is the case here as 88009 'Diana' is Dead in ...
Mark Bartlett 18/05/2019
A southbound Pendolino hides most of a long Tesco train heading north at Bay Horse behind nearly new DRS electro-diesel 88005 Minerva on ...
Mark Bartlett 25/07/2017

This was a two platform station. The station house still stands to the west of the site.
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68001 Evolution and 68033, which will eventually be Courageous, take the evening flasks from Sellafield to Crewe along the WCML at ...
Mark Bartlett 23/07/2018
DRS 66301 and 66430 brings the 4S43 Daventry to Mossend 'Tesco Express' northwards at Galgate on 16 April 2016. ...
John McIntyre 16/04/2016
48151, in fading light, takes the fourth 2018 'Santa Special' north through the long cutting south of Hampson Lane on 16th December 2018. The gloomy ...
G W Robin 16/12/2018
With the extra rails inside the Up line track giving a resemblance of a trough this RHTT train passing Galgate appears to be picking up water rather ...
Mark Bartlett 13/10/2016

This double track six arch viaduct bestrides Galgate crossing the River Conder and neighbouring roads.
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The red livery of a Royal Mail Class 325 parcels EMU is enhanced by the setting sun as it crosses the River Conder at Galgate, heading from Shieldmuir ...
Mark Bartlett 09/05/2016
DB 66114, and the Horrocksford to Mossend cement tankers, are illuminated by the evening sun as they cross the Conder Viaduct at Galgate on 9th May ...
Mark Bartlett 09/05/2016
High above the Galgate rooftops 90048 and 90045 speed a Daventry to Coatbridge intermodal over the Conder Viaduct on 11th January 2018. The River ...
Mark Bartlett 11/01/2018
Just to the south of the Oubeck Loops a six arch viaduct carries the WCML across the River Conder and the village of Galgate. Here, looking east, a ...
Mark Bartlett 29/01/2010

These are loops on either side of the double track south of the former Lancaster Old Junction. ...

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Sporting promotional vinyls for Festival No.6 at Portmeirion, Voyager 221106 speeds south through the loops at Oubeck with a Euston (via ...
Mark Bartlett 23/05/2016
90045 and 90043, both in the modern Freightliner livery, head north on the WCML on 2nd May 2017. The container train, running from Daventry to ...
Mark Bartlett 02/05/2017
Freightliner 66528 Madge Elliott MBE hauls the late running Coatbridge Daventry service towards the Oubeck Loops on 23rd May 2016. The ...
Mark Bartlett 23/05/2016
Livery contrast between consecutively numbered 90044 and 90043, seen passing Oubeck Loops near Lancaster University on 30th August 2018. The train was ...
Mark Bartlett 30/08/2018

This was the junction between the approach to the original Lancaster [1st] terminus of 1840 and the extension north by the Lancaster and Carlisle Railway of 1846 which left the old terminus on a short branch.
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Now known as Lancaster Greaves, it was almost certainly not known as this when open as a passenger station. This was the original terminus of the line from Preston and was left on a short branch following the opening of the Lancaster and Carlisle Railway in 1846 and closed to passengers in 1849.
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The original L&PJ station in Lancaster was only used by passengers from 1840 to 1849 but most of its site continued in use as the city's railway goods ...
Mark Bartlett 13/10/2017
The imposing frontage of Lancaster's first station, a Grade 2 listed building is unfortunately obscured by two leilandi trees in the front garden. ...
Mark Bartlett 25/09/2009
The rear of Lancaster Greaves station building and probably the point where the tracks from Preston would have terminated. Former stable block still ...
Mark Bartlett 25/09/2009
The view out from the rear of the original terminus of the Lancaster and Preston Junction Railway, only used as such from 1840 to 1849. The old ...
Mark Bartlett 25/09/2009