current Platform 1 & 2, up to the early 1970s, were numbered 3 &
4, with the now disused platforms to the west numbered 1 & 2.
Following the restructuring of the station, which coincided with the
introduction of Preston "Power Box" in 1972, the western-most
platforms were closed to passengers and were used solely for mail and
parcels. The current platform 1 & 2 continued to be used mainly for
suburban trains to and from Blackpool and Cumbria, which remains the case
This photograph is from
1978 and shows a class 104 DMU. In this period, classes 101, 104, 105 and
108 were the mainstay of Manchester - Blackpool services.
Photo (c) Alan Robinson
Scot no 46142 "The York & Lancaster Regiment" arrives at
Preston with a Crewe - Carlisle service. The photo dates from 1958 or 59 -
note the popularity of hats in this photo!
Photo by Stan Withers
shot appears to be platform 3 ( the current
platform 1), with the now disused platforms to the right. The footbridge
places it at the north of the station and the wooden cabin still stands
under the footbridge steps on between platforms 1 & 2.Today, the
footbridge ends at platform 1, but is seen here continuing to the
old platform 1 and 2 which closed to passengers in the late 60s.
There are currently three
vaults of the station canopy, covering platforms 7 & 6, 5 & 4 and
3 & 2. Some books refer to there having been an over-all roof covering
platform 1 and the original platform 2, which would seem to be the case
here, although the position of the support columns is confusing (to me at
least). 40684 is pictured
on a Liverpool-Glasgow train on 10.10.59. Trains from Liverpool all
terminate at Preston these days.
(c) The Transport Treasury (by permission)
English Electric type 4 diesel electrics - later class 40 - were a common
sight at Preston for many years until their decline in the mid 1980s. They
were a mixed traffic loco which saw use on a variety of freight turns, and
even in their twilight years, could be found at the head of a passenger
train to or from Blackpool. The familiar whistle from the turbochargers of
these machines was instantly recognisable.
(c)Frank Boyle -