Preston Station - Past & Present
The WLR - St Lukes

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St Luke's station was originally a stop on the L&YR's Southport - Wigan line. Adjoining it was Southport [Ash St], the first stop out of Southport Central towards Preston on the WLR. When the L&Y absorbed the WLR and re-routed it into their own Southport terminus, St Luke's absorbed Ash Street and the two became one, with separate platforms for the two lines, broadly at right angles to one another and sharing a single booking office.

pic1Lostock Hall's BR Standard 2MT 2-6-0 No. 78040 brings the 13-17 Southport - Preston to a halt alongside the platform of Southport [St. Lukes]. Tracks at this point were shared with services to Wigan [Wallgate] (via either the Blowick or Meols Cop routes) and also with the electric trains to Crossens. 
(c) Alan Castle 6th September 1964

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