Preston Station - Past & Present
The WLR - Banks

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pic1A view rearwards from the footplate of Lostock Hall's BR Standard 2MT 2-6-0 No. 78041, taking in the expanse of the down platform at Banks on 6th September 1964, whilst awaiting departure time with the 14-10 Southport - Preston. Notice the row of original gas lamps, each still providing sterling service over half a century after first being installed. Take particular note also of perhaps one of the clearest indicators of the element of despair, apathy and resultant lack of care, that has overcome many of the doomed stations on this line, in the ever-encroaching undergrowth that is now threatening to engulf not only the formerly well-tended flower beds but also even one of the platform seats. 
(c) Alan Castle 6th September 1964

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