view at the north end of the station includes the line which passed under
the Butler St entrance and into the East Lancs station. The tunnel
entrance remains, but it goes nowhere due to the building of a car park at
the side of the station in the 1990s. Just visible over the parapet is the
Black Cat Cafe.
(c) H C
Casserley 24th June 1966.
of the network still retain the semaphore signalling which has served the
railway for hundreds of years, but sadly it is long-gone at Preston. The
1970s saw the introduction of the Preston "power box"
which swept away semaphore signalling and the numerous
signalboxes which were dotted around the area. A little later,
electrification brought overhead catenary which further changed the look
of the station. The consequence of all this change is that photographs from
the late 60s and before show a very different picture to the one we see
is Preston North signal gantry as it was on 20th September 1967.
(c) Stan Withers.
from the foot-bridge, a Stanier class 5 4-6-0 No. 44800 takes a
cement train through the station and under the Fishergate bridge on 22nd
(c) Stan Withers .
840 "North Star" sits in the bay at the northern end of the
western half of the station. There is a photo of this locomotive in an
earlier guise, in the 1980s, on the Platform
background, one of a pair of Mk2 coaches sits in the truncated
northern part of the old platform 1, which has been closed to passengers