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

  /  /1838[Wigan 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.

A TransPennine service from Scotland calls at Wigan North Western on 15 July 2015 en route to Manchester Airport. On the right a Northern Electrics ...
John McIntyre 15/07/2015
Cascaded and newly refurbished, but Northern vinyls not yet applied, 319450 slows to call at Wigan North Western with a Preston to Lime Street service ...
Mark Bartlett 06/04/2017
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
Platform 1 at Wigan North Western with a terminating service from Alderley Edge arriving on 31 October 2018. The Class 150 & 142 then formed the 1408 ...
John McIntyre 31/10/2018


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
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
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
Looking south 'up' the WCML towards the site of Standish station (in the distance), just north of Wigan, as a Virgin Voyager from Birmingham New ...
John McIntyre 16/10/2009


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

Northern Class 319 crosses the Down Fast as it makes its way south at Balshaw Lane Jct whilst working a Preston to Liverpool service on 19 May 2018. ...
John McIntyre 19/05/2018
350401 brings the Manchester Airport to Glasgow Central TPE service over Balshaw Lane Jct on 12 June 2015. ...
John McIntyre 12/06/2015
The outward run of the Cumbrian Mountain Express on 30 August 2014 from Crewe to Carlisle via Manchester, Bolton, Wigan and the S&C. The train ...
John McIntyre 30/08/2014
A late running Birmingham to Edinburgh Voyager approaches Balshaw Lane Junction on 6 May 2013. ...
John McIntyre 06/05/2013

Looking under the road bridge at Euxton Balshaw Lane as a TPE service to Manchester Airport from Edinburgh approaches on 24 September 2018. ...
John McIntyre 24/09/2018
Freightliner 66618 slowly moves south at Euxton on 30 March 2018 with a freight from Hardendale to Tunstead. The train was waiting for a Preston to ...
John McIntyre 30/03/2018
The afternoon Daventry to Coatbridge Freightliner intermodal service with 90049 and 90042 pass Euxton Balshaw Lane on the fast lines on 24 September ...
John McIntyre 24/09/2018
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


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 Liverpool to Preston EMU on the down slow line passes over Pack Saddle Bridge on the A49 road (between Preston and Wigan) as road traffic heads ...
John McIntyre 09/08/2016
First TransPennine 185117 heads away from the camera as it takes the Chorley line from the Up Fast WCML at Euxton Junction with a service to ...
John McIntyre 01/11/2008
Heading north on the WCML between Euxton Jct and Leyland, 86259 hauls a Euston to Carlisle railtour on the first leg to Carnforth on 18 February 2012. ...
John McIntyre 18/02/2012

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
A pair of DRS Class 88s (both with their 'pans' up) head south at Leyland on 02 June 2018 with a Sellafield to Crewe flask working. Having run as far ...
John McIntyre 02/06/2018
60103 Flying Scotsman heads south through Leyland on 16 May 2017 while working the Edinburgh to Crewe (via the S&C) leg of the fourth day on ...
John McIntyre 16/05/2017
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

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
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
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
A First TPE service to Manchester Airport passes Farington Junction in the morning sun on 21 July 2012. ...
John McIntyre 21/07/2012

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
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

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
Pendolinos tend to use the Fast lines south of Preston but 390013 Blackpool Belle is on a Euston to Blackpool North service and heading for ...
Mark Bartlett 14/11/2018
Ex LMS Black 5 no. 44871 is about to pass under Flag Lane bridge as it steams north towards Preston on day 3 of the Great Briton IX railtour. ...
John McIntyre 28/04/2016
K4 no 61994 climbs away from Farington Curve Jct on 12 June 2013 with The Fellsman. ...
John McIntyre 12/06/2013

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


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
The former East Lancashire railway viaduct over the River Ribble south of Preston seen on 1 March 2009. The trackbed is now fenced off but the ...
John McIntyre 01/03/2009

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

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
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
158797 at Preston heading from Blackpool North to York on 11th September 2017. ...
Veronica Clibbery 11/09/2017
A Northern Rail service to Colne awaits its departure time at Preston station on 20 September, while passengers who had to leave an earlier service to ...
John Steven 20/09/2015


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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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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