not aimed specifically at the railway enthusiast, David Eaves'
website will be of interest to all Prestonians, young and old. There
is a page
devoted to the railways of Preston, which includes a large
number of David's own photos. Recommended.
| Ribble Steam Railway Discussion Forum
what it says on the tin! For discussion about all aspects of our
very own heritage line.
website for anyone interested in Preston and/or model railways.
Andy's site is about a fictitious branch line in the Penwortham
area, which he has modelled. An imaginative "history" and
map section give a nice background to the layout.
interesting art project website by Elaine Speight about the Miley
| Preston &
District Model Railway Society
for all scales and levels of ability. The Society's annual
Exhibition is held in March and is highly recommended for anyone
interested in railway modelling.
| Longton Online
very own website, covering all aspects of the town, its people and
Information and Societies
|NEW Buses Train
Traction Engines and Tram Blog
blog of 4 types of transport each one a massive piece of history.
An interesting blog site covering Trains, Trams and Traction Engines
| The Train of Hope
auctions and a steam railtour for 2011, in aid of CLIC Sargent
| Poulton & Wyre Railway Society
P&WRS are on the verge of achieving their aim of reopening the
mothballed line from Poulton to Fleetwood. Good progress has been
made on the scheme which would see Northern Rail operate the line
during the week, with weekend operations being given over to
preserved traction. Current plans should see trains running on part
of the line as soon as 2012...
Railways in 1960
Robertson's excellent site based on the BR Sectional Appendix. It
contains a wealth of information about the rail network as it stood
in 1960, detailing stations, signal boxes, distances and line
Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway Society
well-run society, which welcomes anyone with an interest in the
"Lanky". Their regular newsletters and other publications
are particularly good, and hold a large selection of historical
material about the L&YR.
London & North Western Railway Society
society which covers the L&NWR in a similar way to the L&YRS.
As with that group, the L&NWRS produce some excellent
of the project to recreate a lost class of locomotive. All the
Patriots (also known as "Baby Scots"), were, sadly,
scrapped in the 1960s, leaving the preservation movement without an
example of this popular and successful type.
Princess Royal Class Locomotive Trust
of 6233 Duchess of Sutherland.
Railway Corespondence & Travel Society
Lancashire & North West branch of the RCTS has regular meetings
at the Claremont Hotel in Preston, throughout the winter.
Non-members are most welcome to come along.
of former Lostock Hall resident Black Five (4)5025. When restored,
5025 will run between Aviemore and Broomhill, and eventually on to
Watkinson Trust - custodians of Black Five no.(4)5025 - a long-term
resident of Lostock Hall Shed. The loco is currently undergoing
Carnforth Station and Visitor Centre website has everything you
would want to know about the famous station which featured in the
film Brief Encounter.
Kinlet Hall Group
Yahoo! Group for those involved in, and interested in, the
restoration og GWR "Hall" 4936 Kinlet Hall.
aerial photos & mapping
Lancashire County Council, this site has a huge amount of
information, including modern and old OS maps, aerial photos from
the 1940s and 1960s as well as the present day.
Earth is a nice toy, but I prefer to access their aerial photos via
the Google Maps page. The current images have a nasty join right
across the middle of the station!
Local - Preston Station Aerial
have Virtual Earth which is a clone of Google Earth. They also have
Live Local which is similar to Google Maps but has some nice extra
features such as the ability to see high-res source images which
haven't been mangled to produce the illusion of a satellite view.
The "Birds Eye View" option produces by far the best
aerial images of Preston.
of old maps
Towns of England
some old OS maps have been reprinted over the years, it can be
difficult to find maps covering many areas. Chris at Old Towns has a
large collection of maps which are available as crisp digitally
restored A2 prints.
|NEW Kevin Delaney's
Upmain Foto Gallery
RailPic site features some superb shots from preserved lines all
round the country.
are several Ebay sellers who specialise in vintage railway
photographs, but some are more helpful than others. Allan "Nettletea"
Wood is amongst the best.
recommended Ebay photo seller.
Dimmer has supplied several 1980s photos used elsewhere on this
site, but he also has a number of websites dedicated to various
21 Photo Site
Maynard's site has lots of nice photos - not only Deltics, but many
taken at Preston over the last few years.
| World Steam Locos and World Modern Traction Pictures
Till has provided some interesting photos for this site, taken in
the 1970s. Keith's Fotopic site has an interesting selection of
photos across the railway spectrum.
| The Ian Birch Archive
I remember it !
Ian has shared his photos of Preston in the early/mid 1980s. They
show just how busy it was back then with more blue locos than you
could shake a stick at!
| Carl Hodginson
a cracking fotopic site with photographs covering mainly the North
West over the last 20-odd years. There are many photos of Preston in
amongst them with an emphasis on the latter days of rail blue and
Birtles' site is updated almost on a daily basis, with
bang-up-to-date, high quality photos of the Preston railway scene
| Old Rail Scene Scans
from Mike Birtles...a fascinating gallery of BR
Blue era photos, which include some shots of Ladywell and Preston.
Stuart's Fotopic site includes photos from around the North West,
including Preston, Dating from the present day back to the 1980s
nice YouTube channel which has plenty of Preston material.
book shop in Horwich, Bolton, but also has an excellent on-line
good on-line book seller, based in Huddersfield, who also attends
model railway exhibitions.
of framed brass engravings, including 6233 Duchess of Sutherland,
and 60163 Tornado.