Preston Station - Past & Present
The WLR - Hesketh Park

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pic1Stanier 2-6-4T No. 42555 accelerates its train away from the rain-sodden platforms of Hesketh Park, with the 16-14 Southport - Preston. Evidence can be seen, in the form of the open doors of the goods shed to the left of the down platform, that the depot and coal yard remain very much in business right up until the very end; this photograph being taken on the penultimate day, 5th September 1964. In fact, No. 88 target (9T88) had left Southport Goods at 09-50 that morning for Hesketh Park. After shunting the yard here, it will then have reversed direction and, if keeping with its normal itinerary, taken the north curve at Roe Lane Junction in order to shunt at Meols Cop sidings, on the Wigan line. A further reversal, this time traversing the Meols Cop south curve, eventually will have brought 88 Target back at Southport Goods from whence wagons will be re-marshalled into later services leaving the area via Burscough. 
5th September 1964

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