Preston Station News
August 1st, 2017
New North West Book
Out now... from the Author of the excellent Merseyrail Electric, comes this new book which should appeal to all North West railway enthusiasts.

The book is available from all the usual places, including Waterstones and Amazon, or click the image here to buy directly from the publisher.


Look out for a review here very soon.

June 16th, 2017
Tram Plans Move Forward
The plans to run trams on the former Deepdale / Longridge branch are still progressing, with work expected to begin this month.

Pictured last week, the team involved in the long-awaited return of trams to Preston : L to R is Ben Gilks (Land Agent), Jane Lockwood (Solicitor), Lincoln Shields (Director Preston Trampower Ltd & ex Director AMEC), Peter Downs (Project Manager), Lewis Lesley (Director Preston Trampower Ltd & retired Professor of Transport Engineering), Paul Walton (Planning Consultant and Principal of PWA), Roger Bell (ex Chairman Planning Committee, West Lancs DC), Daniel Hughes (Principal Planner PWA), Petros Price (Traffic Consultant) & John Parker (retired Senior Track Engineer, Network Rail).

December 14th, 2016
Merseyrail Book
Looking for a Christmas stocking-filler? Look no further than Martyn Hilbert's Excellent book Merseyrail Electric.

Martin's book is superbly written and full of images of the Merseyrail system over the years, along with a detailed account of its history.

Highly reccommended.

November 11th, 2016
Preston Trams Get the Green Light!
After years of delay, the first stage of Tram Power's plans for Preston finally received approval yesterday afternoon.
The first stage is not a passenger-carrying service, but will see wheels-on-rails on the Deepdale branch between Skeffington Road and Deepdale Street, for the first time in decades.
The approval gives permission for Tram Power to build and operate the tramway; depot, track & electrification as a demonstration and training line for their own tram vehicle, track and catenary, which are designed to be significantly lower-cost than "traditional" light rail systems.
Further planning approvals will now be sought to develop and extend the line into a passenger-carrying service.

November 9th, 2016
Preston Trams on the brink of becoming a reality
Could this finally happen? It really does look that way!
Tram Power's revised planning application to resurrect the former Longridge / Deepdale line between Skeffington Road and Deepdale Street, goes before the Planning Committee tomorrow (Thursday) afternoon at 2pm. It is understood that all the outstanding issues have been dealt-with and the application should be approved. If this happens, it will be a huge step forward after years of struggle. Work to clear the line would start before the end of the year.
This application, if approved, will allow Tram Power to run their prototype vehicle on this section of the mothballed branch, for the purposes of demonstration and driver training. A further planning application will be submitted soon which, would see the line extended to provide a passenger service from Red Scar.