Telling the story of the lines and stations in the Preston area since the mid-1950s, Andrew Fowler’s interesting book charts the dramatically-changing face of the railway from the last decade of steam through the ‘corporate blue’ era to the present day. Included is a vast collection of over 300 colour and black & white photographs which perfectly illustrate how the railway of today evolved from the ashes of the steam age.
Preston was the first station on the West Coast Main Line to receive the then modern style of ‘gull wing’ canopies, paving the way for many other stations to follow suit. The station is examined in detail over two chapters, with photographs not only showing the changing nature of the trains using this busy Lancashire interchange, but also including the transformation of the station at the beginning of the ‘Electric Age’. A unique collection of photos records the appearance of unusual visitors to the area, including prototype locomotives GT3 and DP2, while another records the change from semaphore to colour light signalling.
All the lines radiating from the station are covered, from the humble but unique Preston Dock branch and sleepy West Lancashire line to the busier routes to Liverpool, Blackpool and East Lancashire. The locomotive sheds at Preston and Lostock Hall also feature, together with their diesel- and electric-era replacements at Dock Street and Ladywell House, now also just a memory.
Whether you have an interest in the railways in the north west, the city of Preston itself or just want to enjoy the nostalgia of times gone by, this book will certainly have something to interest you.
Softback, A4, 192 pages with over 300 images.
Printed full colour/black throughout.