The railway that never was. In 1847 the Fleetwood, Preston and West Riding Junction Railway excavated a cutting near Hurst Green, on a proposed line from Preston to Clitheroe which would have diverged from the Preston and Longridge Railway near Grimsargh. As the company name suggests however this was part of a much bigger scheme, a main line ultimately connecting Fleetwood and Hull. Although the short double track connection from Deepdale Junction through to the main line was completed the rest of the scheme was fairly quickly abandoned and this 200 yard long, double track cutting has slumbered in the beautiful Ribble Valley countryside since 1848. On 22nd June 2020 it was easier to imagine that tracks had been lifted from this cutting rather than never laid. This view looks west towards Preston with the trees concealing a steeply sided deep valley that would have required a substantial viaduct to be constructed.
Location: Hurst Green Cutting
Photographer: Mark Bartlett
Contact photographer: Mark Bartlett
Image number: 73489