The second photo from my cab ride from Red Scar sidings at Ribbleton (on the Longridge branch) to Lostock Hall on Black 5 4-6-0 44874 see image 24975. This picture is on the now closed East Lancashire lines from Preston out to Todd Lane Junction where the train took the chord round to Lostock Hall. The Whitehouse Junctions formed a triangle between this line and the Southport line. That line had closed in 1964 and this followed in 1972 when East Lancashire line trains were diverted via Farington Curve Junction. Even though this is the last weekday of steam working another steam hauled coal train is approaching on the opposite line, possibly heading for Fleetwood Power Station. Penwortham Gas Works, then also rail served, can be seen on the skyline.
Location: Whitehouse Junction
Company: East Lancashire Railway
Photographer: David Hindle
Contact photographer: David Hindle
Image number: 26645