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Lancaster & Preston Junction Railway revisited for Civic Society event tonight


Penny Street Station re-imagined by David Vale
Penny Street Station re-imagined by David Vale
John Freeman

Lancaster Civic Society are hosting a talk on the Lancaster & Preston Junction Railway in the 1830s by Andrew White tonight (Wednesday 10th January 2018) at 7.30pm at Lancaster Town Hall.

The railway opened in 1840 with great celebrations and trains started running the day after, with some running through or connecting with trains to London, but there was constant trouble with the North Union which controlled the station at Preston. Passengers from Lancaster were charged sixpence for travelling a few yards through a tunnel under Fishergate.

Today nearly all of the former Lancaster and Preston forms part of the West Coast main line. The original station called Penny Street, now set among the buildings of Lancaster's hospital, also survives in part.

• The story of the railway line The Lancaster and Preston Junction Railway 1836-1849 by Dr Andrew White, former Head of Museums, is available from the Market Bookstall and other bookshops, priced at £5. It contains a number of reconstruction drawings by David Vale