Preston Station - Past & Present
The WLR - Southport (Chaple Street)

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Southport Central became the terminus of the West Lancs line following the take-over by the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway. 

pic1Stanier 4MT 2-6-4T No. 42558 departs from Southport with the 17-09 to Preston. Although it is a Sunday afternoon, at least 5 other trains can be seen in the platforms.
(c) Alan Castle 16th August 1964

pic2Stanier 4MT 2-6-4T No. 42484 rolls slowly past rows of stabled coaching stock with the 16-52 Preston - Southport. Beyond the stock seen on the left hand side of this view and just out of camera are the former excursion platforms, now also used for stabling and an indication of the former importance of Southport as a railway centre and holiday destination.
(c) Alan Castle 16th August 1964

pic3Lower Darwen shed's B.R. Class 4MT 2-6-0 No. 76081 waits at Southport [Chapel Street] at the head of stock forming the very last 21-00hrs through service from Southport to Accrington. This working would be also the last passenger train to use the Whitehouse South Curve, avoiding a reversal at Preston Station. On the rear vehicle, the corridor connection cover has received the attention of a very talented artist who has depicted a very sad-looking steam engine labelled “W.L.R.” looking up at a caricature of Dr. Beeching (dressed in a nappy) who is wielding a very sharp looking axe! 
(c) Alan Castle 5th September 1964

pic4Having turned the stock of the 10-12 Preston - Southport arrival on the station avoiding line and with it's ornate "Last Day" headboard still firmly attached, Lostock Hall's BR Standard 2MT 2-6-0 No. 78040 reverses the 3 non-corridor vehicles back into Southport [Chapel Street]'s platform in order to form the return 13-17 Southport - Preston. This side of the formerly massive train shed has now succumbed to the demands for yet another supermarket and its associated car-parking facilities, totally vanishing in the process. 
(c) Alan Castle 6th September 1964

pic5Displaying with pride its ornate "Last Day" headboard with L&Y coat-of-arms, Lostock Hall's BR Standard 2MT 2-6-0 No. 78040 waits at the head of the 3 non-corridor vehicles forming the 13-17 Southport - Preston. This side of the formerly massive train shed of Southport [Chapel Street] has now succumbed to the demands for yet another supermarket and its associated car-parking facilities, totally disappearing in the process.
(c) Alan Castle 6th September 1964

pic6The two very last northbound trains to use the WLR wait side-by-side at Southport [Chapel Street]. On the left is Lostock Hall's BR Standard 2MT 2-6-0 No. 78041 at head of a 3-coach rake forming the 21-17 Southport - Preston. An additional 3 vehicles will soon be added, but, in the event, will prove not to be really necessary. On the right are the 6 coaches of the final departure, the 22-20 Southport - Preston, hauled by a very clean Fairburn 2-6-4T No. 42296. This locomotive has been on Lostock Hall's allocation since 1951 and in its time must have travelled more miles on Southport turns than just about any other engine. Indeed, it may well have been for this reason that 42296 has been selected for such a special duty and, certainly, shed staff have made sure it is in spick-and-span condition beforehand. Closure of the line is reported to be going to save £123,000 per year.
(c) Alan Castle 6th September 1964

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