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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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
The 1800 'Northern Electrics' Liverpool to Preston service heads north along the WCML to the north of the former Standish station site on 2 June 2015. ...
John McIntyre 02/06/2015
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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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Black 5s 44871 and 45407 head south at Balshaw Lane Junction, early on a misty 1st November 2015, with the RTC 'The Tin Bath' railtour from Preston. ...
John McIntyre 01/11/2015
From the archive, 66412 at the time was a DRS loco wearing Malcolm branding and working an intermodal service to Daventry on 07 August 2009. The train ...
John McIntyre 07/08/2009
DRS 66428 on the Grangemouth to Daventry container service on 06 July 2019 as it passes Balshaw Lane Jct. ...
John McIntyre 06/07/2019
Manchester Airport to Barrow in Furness service passes Balshaw Lane Jct on 06 July 2019 operated by new CAF unit 195120. ...
John McIntyre 06/07/2019
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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
319382 calls at Euxton Balshaw Lane on a Preston to Lime Street service on 9th March 2017. Since that date these services now start at Blackpool, and ...
Mark Bartlett 09/03/2017
Colas 37521 passes Euxton Balshaw Lane on the Down Fast while on a light engine move from Crewe to Carnforth on 17 July 2019. ...
John McIntyre 17/07/2019
Colas Rail Freight 70814 gets a clear run on the Up Fast at Euxton Balshaw Lane on 31 October 2018 while working the Carlisle to Chirk log train. With ...
John McIntyre 31/10/2018
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Adelante unit 180103 approaches Euxton Jct on 01 November 2008 with a service to Manchester. The blue girder in the background is the bridge carrying ...
John McIntyre 01/11/2008
DBC 66003 crosses from slow to fast lines at Euxton Jct on 26 August 2019 whilst on a Carlisle to Crewe light engine move. Behind the loco can just be ...
John McIntyre 26/08/2019
BR pacific no.70000 Britannia at speed with the 'Pennine Moors Festive Explorer' from Crewe to Burnley on 08 December 2018, seen at Euxton on the ...
John McIntyre 08/12/2018
A Pathfinders railtour from Didcot to Appleby on 26 August 2019 is seen on the return journey approaching Euxton Jct. 50049 and 50007 are seen on the ...
John McIntyre 26/08/2019
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6201 'Princess Elizabeth' approaches Leyland on 20 July 2019 with a Crewe to Carlisle railtour. With the WCML closed at Acton Grange Jct for major ...
John McIntyre 20/07/2019
DRS 88002 heads south at Leyland with the 1Z89 Class 88 launch special charter returning to London on 09 May 2017. ...
John McIntyre 09/05/2017
Freightliner Class 86s are becoming less common on WCML container trains as the Class 90s that had been on hire for Caledonian Sleeper duties have ...
John McIntyre 31/08/2019
DRS 88003 heads north between Leyland and Farington Jct with the Daventry to Mossend 'Tescoliner' on 12 June 2017. This was the first northbound ...
John McIntyre 12/06/2017
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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
Ex LMS 4-6-0 no. 46115 Scots Guardsman with support coach head north on the WCML to Preston after completing a reversal which had taken them via ...
John McIntyre 20/08/2016
88002 with the Northern Belle charter stock, heads north approaching Farington Jct with a London to Carlisle VIP special on 09 May 2017. ...
John McIntyre 09/05/2017
A1 class pacific no.60163 'Tornado' heads north at Farington Jct on 16 September 2017 whilst working 'The Border Raider' tour from Tame Bridge Parkway ...
John McIntyre 16/09/2017
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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
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
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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
'Scotsman' was hardly flying as it hauled the second Northern Belle dining train of 20 July 2019 up the short climb on a sweeping curve from Farington ...
John McIntyre 20/07/2019
Having become used to 3-car and 4-car CAF units the 2-car sets seem a little truncated. New 195022 passes Farington Curve Junction on 13th ...
Mark Bartlett 13/02/2020
One of Ian Riley's Black 5s, 44871 approaches Farington Curve Jct on Day 3 of the Great Britain IX tour whilst working from Bristol to ...
John McIntyre 28/04/2016
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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
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
Pacer 142061 prepares to squeal its way out of Preston towards Blackpool North on a very hot summer day.
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Colin McDonald 20/06/2017
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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