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All Aboard! – Railways in Lancashire

Red Rose Collections Image Archive contains digitised photographs from libraries all over Lancashire and quite a number document the railways in those parts of the County.

We have now, finally, been able to collate these images in to one collection of nearly nine hundred photographs - Railways in Lancashire

These include dramatic eyewitness shots of several railway accidents, some of which had tragic consequences, others featuring miraculous escapes.



















Scotch Express Accident, Preston 1899
























Railway Accident at Holme 1907



























Railway accident, Accrington 1899

One spectacular photograph captures the instant of the demolition of a Chorley viaduct in 1968, snapped by George Birtill.

Chorley Viaduct Demolition 1968

Some pictures show the importance of Lancashire's railways, not only for passengers, but also for the commerce of the County.

Hundred End Railway Sidings, Hesketh Bank 1900

Hesketh Bank Railway Station 1938

Also included are portraits of some of the characters associated with the railways.


In this collection, you'll also catch glimpses of Lancashire railways long gone…

Derelict Railway Station, Helmshore 1990

The first station in Lancashire was built in 1838 and the network grew until a decline began in the mid twentieth century. Since then there have been many changes and closures, particularly in the 1960s.

But perhaps more change is to come with a recent announcement of a study into the potential reopening of the Fleetwood to Poulton-le-Fylde line.

Demolition of Fleetwood Railway Station 1969

For anyone interested in reading more about these lines, copies of David James' 'Lancashire's lost railways' are available to borrow from Lancashire libraries.

When we are researching information to accompany the images on Red Rose Collections, we often head for reliable and informative websites. For anyone looking into railway history, Disused Stations is a mine of useful information.

Our featured collection photo is another from George Birtill, taken in 1960. Alas, we don't know the story behind this charming and intriguing image, and perhaps never will…

Adlington Railway Station 1960


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