North Union Railway

Introduction

This line was opened in 1838 and ran from Wigan to Preston. It now forms part of the West Coast Mainline.



It merged with the Wigan Branch Railway to form the North Union Railway.



Dates

  /  /1838Wigan Branch Railway
Preston and Wigan Railway
North Union Railway
Wigan Branch Railway and Preston and Wigan Railway merge to form the North Union Railway.

Locations along the line

These locations are along the line.

GBRF 66718 hauls empty cement tanks from Avonmouth to Clitheroe at Wigan North Western on 20 March 2019. ...
John McIntyre 20/03/2019
A close-up shot of Colas 70801 as it hurries south approaching Wigan North Western with the Carlisle to Chirk loaded log train on 20 March 2019. ...
John McIntyre 20/03/2019
150125 waits at platform 1, Wigan North Western, on 27 July 2019 with the 1650 hrs service to Manchester Piccadilly via Bolton. ...
John McIntyre 27/07/2019
88002 Prometheus hauls 68205 Superb and the loaded test train north through Wigan North Western on 6th April 2017. This was the return ...
Mark Bartlett 06/04/2017
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Having seen WCRC^s 46115 last Saturday, this week it was the turn of LSL^s 46100 ^Royal Scot^ to head to Carlisle with a charter to Carlisle. This ...
John McIntyre 15/08/2020
On a glorious sunny summer^s afternoon, a double Voyager heads south towards the site of the former Standish station, making towards the next stop at ...
John McIntyre 07/07/2013
Freightliner 66606 passes the site of Standish station on 20 October 2018 whilst working a Hardendale to Tunstead stone train. The platforms were only ...
John McIntyre 20/10/2018
DRS 66413 is seen heading north from Standish towards Preston with the (4S44?) Daventry to Coatbridge container train on 16 October 2009. ...
John McIntyre 16/10/2009
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The regular Sunday ECS move from Crewe to Appleby for ^The North Pennine Staycation Express^ is seen approaching Coppull on 9th August 2020 with 47712 ...
John McIntyre 09/08/2020
DRS 68018 and 68034 head south at Coppull on 2nd February 2019 working to Crewe with 4 wagons from Sellafield. The tower of the former Coppull ...
John McIntyre 02/02/2019
A BLS positioning move from Lancaster to Bristol on 02 February 2019 is seen heading south at Coppull with WCRC 47772. On the left is the remains of ...
John McIntyre 02/02/2019
88007 heads south at Coppull whilst working the 4M48 Mossend to Daventry container service on the evening of 10 June 2018. The WCML here used to be 4 ...
John McIntyre 10/06/2018
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Freightliner 70011 passes Balshaw Lane in the winter sunshine with the Hardendale to Tunstead stone train on 29 December 2020. ...
John McIntyre 29/12/2020
DBC 66054 proceeds south following a signal stop and is seen crossing Balshaw Lane Junction on 26 August 2020 with the Hardendale Quarry to Margam ...
John McIntyre 26/08/2020
LMS Black 5 no. 44871 passes Balshaw Lane Jct on 17 September 2020 whilst on a Southall to Carnforth move with support coach. After missing out a ...
John McIntyre 17/09/2020
On the rear of the 5Z90 from Crewe to Preston at Balshaw Lane Jct is DVT 82139 in Inter City Swallow livery. This was the outward test run with 90002 ...
John McIntyre 21/09/2020
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90018 hauls three Class 325 Royal Mail sets on a Shieldmuir to Warrington service just north of Euxton Balshaw Lane in the evening of 22nd July 2019. ...
John McIntyre 22/07/2019
The roaring monster that is A1 Pacific 60163 ^Tornado^ is seen passing Euxton Balshaw Lane (station out of view to the right) with ^The Ticket to ...
John McIntyre 19/09/2020
Stone on the move - the Mountsorrel to Carlisle New Yard, Network Rail ballast working with Colas 70813 is seen on the Down Slow at Euxton Balshaw ...
John McIntyre 08/10/2020
DBC 66017 heads north on the Down Fast at Euxton Balshaw Lane, on 21 July 2019, with the Seaforth to Mossend container service. ...
John McIntyre 21/07/2019
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Network Rail test train from Slateford to Crewe passes Euxton on 9 December 2020 with Colas 67027 leading and 67023 on the rear. At least it brought ...
John McIntyre 09/12/2020
90026, still in Grand Central black but without the logo, is back working for DB and was paired with 90036 on the Mossend to Daventry service on 9 ...
John McIntyre 09/12/2020
Looking north-west over Euxton Junction in 2012 as a Virgin Voyager heads south on the Up Fast. In the foreground are the lines towards Manchester via ...
John McIntyre 22/03/2012
70817 approaches Euxton Junction on 26th August 2019 with the Carlisle to Chirk log train. ...
John McIntyre 26/08/2019
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A busy few minutes at Leyland on 28 July 2015 with a Class 156+142 pairing heading to Blackpool North while a Class 150 prepares to depart with a ...
John McIntyre 28/07/2015
88010 approaches Leyland with the Daventry to Mossend intermodal service on 19th August 2020. ...
John McIntyre 19/08/2020
DRS 20305 and 20308 rumble south at Leyland with the Sellafield to Crewe nuclear flask train in an August evening in 2015. ...
John McIntyre 05/08/2015
319366 catches the sunshine after a heavy downpour as it arrives at Leyland on 28 April 2016. The unit, in the attractive Northern Electrics livery ...
John McIntyre 28/04/2016
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GBRF 66742 hauls 66768 from Clitheroe to Tuebrook onto the WCML at Farington Junction on 26 November 2020. 66768 had arrived at Clitheroe (Castle ...
John McIntyre 26/11/2020
Long distance track tamper. SB Rail tamper passes Farington Jct on 24th July 2020 whilst on a move from Princes Risborough to Carlisle. ...
John McIntyre 24/07/2020
The empty stock move for the ^North Pennine Staycation Express^ en route to Appleby is seen approaching Farington Junction on 6 September 2020 with ...
John McIntyre 06/09/2020
Stanier Princess Royal class pacific no.6201 ^Princess Elizabeth^ heads a northbound railtour at Farington Jct on 01 August 2009. Missing from the ...
John McIntyre 01/08/2009
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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 Network Rail NMT heads south on the WCML near to Farington Curve Junction on 20th August 2020. The train had been scheduled to run from Slateford ...
John McIntyre 20/08/2020
Stanier Pacific, 6201 ^Princess Elizabeth^ approaches Farington Curve Junction on 19 September 2020 whilst on a ^Northern Belle^ working from ...
John McIntyre 19/09/2020
The Preston Docks to Lindsey Oil Terminal empty tar wagons take the East Lancs line at Farington Curve Junction on 8 August 2011. The loco is EWS ...
John McIntyre 08/08/2011
The 4-car Class 319 EMUs dominated services from Blackpool North for a while but 3-car Class 331/0s are now appearing on services to Lime Street. ...
Mark Bartlett 19/09/2019
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It is Christmas Day 2020 but the Orange Army is out dealing with the drainage along the cess next to the Up Fast line south of Preston. On the rear of ...
John McIntyre 25/12/2020
87026 ^Redgauntlet^ and 87033 ^Thane of Fife^ pass Skew Bridge Junction on the Down Fast with a freight for the north on 22nd December 1980. Both ...
Mark Bartlett 22/12/1980
English Electric AL3 locomotive 83011 takes a (very) mixed freight north through Skew Bridge Junction near Preston in June 1980. The former E3034 ...
Mark Bartlett 20/06/1980
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DBC 90036 and 90040 cross the Ribble Viaduct, immediately south of Preston station, with a Mossend to Daventry intermodal on 5th December 2019. This ...
Mark Bartlett 05/12/2019
A northbound Voyager crosses North Union bridge over the River Ribble on the approach to Preston on 26 March 2009. ...
John McIntyre 26/03/2009
47456 heads south out of Preston over the Ribble Viaduct on a Glasgow service - via Blackburn and the Settle and Carlisle line due to work on the West ...
Ewan Crawford 25/03/1989
Looking over the Ribble Viaduct, south of Preston, which once carried the East Lancs lines. View towards Bamber Bridge on 1 March 2009. ...
John McIntyre 01/03/2009
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Over the top. DBS 60024 and 13 loaded bitumen tankers take the steep descent towards Preston Docks on 14 March. This view is from the south end ...
Mark Bartlett 14/03/2014
Breasting the top of the 1:29 incline of the Preston Dock branch 66182 emerges opposite the platforms of Preston station on 20 July 2011. The ...
Mark Bartlett 20/07/2011
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Preston 17 April 2019. ...
John Yellowlees 17/04/2019
57308 departs from Preston dragging a Glasgow to Euston Pendolino to Crewe via Bolton and Manchester on 23rd September 2006. There is no need to do ...
John McIntyre 23/09/2006
Pendolino 390040 ^Virgin Radio Star^ on a Glasgow – Euston service starts to roll, if not yet rock, southwards out of Preston. ...
Colin McDonald 20/06/2017
195112 stands at the end of Platform 3 in Preston whilst undertaking tests between there and Warrington Bank Quay on 23rd July 2019. ...
Mark Bartlett 23/07/2019
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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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See also
Lancaster and Preston Junction Railway


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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Lancaster and Preston Junction Railway