Preston and Wyre Railway, Dock and Harbour

Introduction

This line ran from Preston to Fleetwood [1st]. The majority of it, from Fylde Junction to Poulton No 1 Junction, remains open with the portion from Poulton to Burn Naze, and beyond, currently in preservation for re-opening.



Portions of line and locations

This line is divided into a number of portions.


Preston to Fleetwood


This was a pair of railway flat crossings immediately north of Fylde Junction.
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The name is assumed. At this junction the Preston and Wyre Railway Dock and Harbour's approach to its Preston terminus (Maudlands [P&WR] , opened 1840) was met by a curve of 1844 which gave it access to Preston via what is now named Fylde Junction.
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Former Scotrail 158870, still with Saltire vinyls, has been used on Northern driver training for several months. Seen here at Maudlands Viaduct ...
Mark Bartlett 10/07/2018
A Sprinter Pacer combination runs across Maudlands Viaduct towards Preston with a service from Blackpool South on 10th February 2018. All masts and ...
Mark Bartlett 10/02/2018
Then and Now comparison of Blackpool to London trains at Maudlands Viaduct in Preston. 390039 comes off the viaduct and approaches Fylde ...
Mark Bartlett 10/07/2018
OLE masts have now appeared on both sides of Maudlands Viaduct in Preston but not yet on the bridge itself. Northern 150210 approaches Fylde Junction ...
Mark Bartlett 05/10/2017

A Then & Now shot from Blackpool Road bridge in Preston with a Blackpool North to Euston Pendolino heading towards the city centre. [See image ...
Mark Bartlett 09/10/2018
A Hazel Grove to Blackpool North stopping service, formed by 150132/138, approaches the Blackpool Road bridge on a gloomy 22nd November 2016. This ...
Mark Bartlett 22/11/2016
319381 runs under the new wires alongside 'Tom Benson Way' as it approaches Preston with a Blackpool North to Manchester service on 7th October 2018. ...
Mark Bartlett 07/10/2018
Progress at Preston. Electrification masts have appeared at Maudlands and a number of other locations ahead of complete closure of the ...
Mark Bartlett 27/09/2017


Rebuilding the Blackpool line bridges for electrification has created some new (but probably temporary) vantage points, including this one at ...
Mark Bartlett 02/10/2014
The station at Lea Road closed in 1938 but 80 years later the bricked up entrances can still be seen under the three bridges. Only the central span ...
Mark Bartlett 07/10/2018
319363 passes the site of Lea Road station and approaches Darkinson Lane bridge with a Manchester Airport to Blackpool North service on a sweltering ...
Mark Bartlett 27/06/2018
Catenary masts are now being erected in various places along the Preston to Blackpool North line although it will be a little while before the wiring ...
Mark Bartlett 20/07/2017



A pair of Class 156 DMUs with 153331 on the rear pass Salwick heading west to Blackpool North on 31 May 2017. ...
John McIntyre 31/05/2017
The 1735 hrs Preston to Blackpool South is one of the few services that calls at Salwick. On 08 June 2018 the guard is on the platform having released ...
John McIntyre 08/06/2018
Rebuilding of bridges on the Blackpool line has opened up some new vantage points but they may be short lived as the catenary wires will be installed ...
Mark Bartlett 02/10/2014
A Northern service from Blackpool South to Colne rushes through Salwick towards Preston on 22 May 2012. Today there are only 2 tracks here but at one ...
John McIntyre 22/05/2012



This is a three platform station on the Preston to Blackpool line.
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390009 Treaty of Union rolls through Kirkham & Wesham with the 1302hrs Blackpool North to Euston service on Saturday 3rd November 2018. The ...
Mark Bartlett 03/11/2018
A Northern Class 150 and Class 156 on a Blackpool to Huddersfield service pass the biscuit factory (right) in Kirkham on 27 October 2017. ...
John McIntyre 27/10/2017
Dusk at Kirkham and Wesham on 30th October 2018. Two Northern Class 319 EMUs, both working between Manchester Airport and Blackpool North, pass ...
Mark Bartlett 30/10/2018
67005 'Queen's Messenger' brings up the rear of an Illuminations Special from London to Blackpool as it passes Kirkham on 3rd November 2018. ...
Mark Bartlett 03/11/2018

This station was replaced by Kirkham and Wesham just to the east. ...

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A Blackpool North service west of Kirkham on 12 September. The tracks on the right once carried trains to Blackpool Central. ...
John McIntyre 12/09/2007

Known as Kirkham North Junction and Kirkham junction ...

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Kirkham North Junction in 2001. This L&YR signal box was demolished in late 2017 as part of the Blackpool electrification scheme. ...
Ewan Crawford //2001
Kirkham North Junction in 2001. The box overlooked the fast lines, slow lines, single line to Blackpool South and several engineers sidings. [See ...
Ewan Crawford //2001
The new layout at Kirkham North Jct can be seen in this view to the west on 09 December 2017. On the right is the Up Blackpool, then the Down ...
John McIntyre 09/12/2017
A Northern Class 142 on a Colne to Blackpool South service approaches Kirkham North Junction on 27th October 2017. The junction lies just beyond the ...
John McIntyre 27/10/2017



This signal box from around 1877 survived until the early 1980s. The location was south of Weeton where the B5260 crossed the line. Weeton [Lancashire] station was to the west of Weeton. ...

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Pendolino 390013 runs through the Fylde countryside to the north of Weeton cutting between Kirkham and Poulton-le-Fylde. The train is 1P92, the ...
Mark Bartlett 25/06/2018
A nearly thwarted attempt at a Then and Now image of London trains at Weeton between Poulton and Kirkham. New bridge parapets prevented a ...
Mark Bartlett 25/06/2018
Just beyond the deep cutting at Weeton the line to Blackpool North runs onto a low embankment covered with reeds. These are lit by the evening sun as ...
Mark Bartlett 07/04/2010
Electrification progress at Weeton, viewed from the over bridge by the site of the signal box on 9th January 2018. The line reopened in April 2018 ...
Mark Bartlett 09/01/2018

This was the site of a short lived station. The site was probably close to where the 1847 OS map is marked 'Watch House'. The station was west of Weeton.
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The overhead wiring team out at work on a sunny but cold 19 March 2018. This view east across Singleton Bank shows a road-rail lorry on the left ...
John McIntyre 19/03/2018
Situated a long way from the village it was supposed to serve, Singleton station closed in 1932. Until the 1990s a small signal cabin remained as an ...
Mark Bartlett 09/09/2008



This was one of the original stations on the line. By 1890 the southbound platform had become an island platform allowing departures to north and south from the east face of the platform. The original northbound platform was rather short. There was a small goods yard on either side of the line and Poulton Junction to the north where the line to Blackpool North struck west and left the original ...

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The former station at Thornton Cleveleys, looking north towards Fleetwood on 19th March 2018. The station is in the care and maintenance of the ...
John McIntyre 19/03/2018
The view towards Burn Naze and Fleetwood from Hillylaid Crossing in Thornton-Cleveleys. A few years ago the tracks at this point were covered in ...
Mark Bartlett 28/04/2018
Originally a full vehicle crossing, but for many years restricted to pedestrians only, this is New Road on the mothballed Fleetwood Branch just south ...
Mark Bartlett 10/06/2009
Looking north towards Fleetwood from the level crossing, this view
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John McIntyre 06/07/2011


The Poulton & Wyre Railway Society have been granted permission to access the trackbed between Poulton and Burn Naze for weed clearing and ...
Mark Bartlett 28/04/2018
End of the line. The disused former Fleetwood line peters out about one mile north of Burn Naze and this view towards Wyre Dock and Fleetwood ...
Mark Bartlett 17/02/2009
Closed station on a mothballed railway. Burn Naze lies entirely inside a secure industrial estate. It opened late, in 1908, closing with the line in ...
Mark Bartlett 09/09/2008
View south from the end of the rails on the former Fleetwood line towards Burn Naze, where the industrial complex that kept the southern section of ...
Mark Bartlett 17/02/2009


This terminus was part of a greater plan to develop a railway served port, a resort, and reclaim land. The port was intended to be used for steamers to Cumbria, the Isle of Man and Ireland.
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The site of Fleetwood station, closed in 1966, as seen across the Wyre Estuary from Knott End. The three modern buildings to the left hand side of the ...
Mark Bartlett 14/02/2016
The site of Fleetwood station (closed 1966) in 2009, with all railway traces long demolished to create space for the port facilities. The Stena ...
Mark Bartlett 06/10/2009




Maudlands Curve

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 shed was located north of Preston station and west of Fylde Junction. The site is now the power signal box and some sidings.
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The name is assumed. At this junction the Preston and Wyre Railway Dock and Harbour's approach to its Preston terminus (Maudlands [P&WR] , opened 1840) was met by a curve of 1844 which gave it access to Preston via what is now named Fylde Junction.
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