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Lost Railways of Lancashire
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Lost Railways of Lancashire

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The history of Lancashire's railway development is full of incident and interest. Once a rail link from Wigan to Preston had been completed in 1838 and another from Preston to Lancaster in 1840, new lines sprang up across the county. It was not long before a line from Preston to the new port of Fleetwood was built, followed by the first line to Blackpool for its thousands of holidaymakers. Further north lines from Lancaster to Morecambe and later the Irish boat-train port of Heysham proved very popular. Besides passengers most lines also carried freight such as coal and cotton.

Today, many of Lancashire's railways are closed. Several were LMS closures in 1930, some did not survive Dr Beeching's report in the 1960s and others have closed since. One success story, though, is the thriving East Lancashire Railway Preservation Society's 'new' line from Bury and Ramsbottom to Rawtenstall, reopened in 1991.

In this well researched and excellently written book, Gordon Suggitt brings to life the history of the county's railways, the reason for their construction and, where relevant, their closure. Modem photographs accompany those from earlier times. These together with six specially drawn maps will help the enthusiast to explore many of the old lines and stations that have survived from the heyday of the railway age.

Gordon Suggitt is a retired geography teacher who has lived in Lancashire for over thirty years. His interests include many forms of transport, especially old railways and what remains of them in today's landscapes.

Softback, 160 pages, black & white photographs

ISBN: 9781853068010

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Updated: 1 April 2020

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