Northern Lines

Bolton to Preston

including Horwich Locomotive Works and the Ribble Steam Railway

by Tom Heavyside

This busy route across Lancashire links the important town of Bolton with the now city of Preston. Included is the railway town of Horwich, the home of the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway locomotive works, and Preston Docks, today the base of the heritage Ribble Steam Railway.



'When he trudged round Horwich Works on June 26 1960 with his notebook, local youngster Tom Heavyside would never have imagined that the photographs he took would be published in a book that he would also write... Now, his deep knowledge of the area, his images taken over six decades and good use of language has turned this latest Middleton part work into something special.'
(Howard Johnston, Steam World, Issue 416, February 2022)

'There is much to be gleaned from the OS map extracts, notably railway infrastructure. The reviewer recalls the endless procession of Stanier and Fairburn 2-6-4Ts pulling surburban stock in and around Bolton. An important theme is the re-opening of stations at Lostock and Buckshaw Parkway and the opening of a new station at Horwich Parkway.'
(The Railway Observer, Vol.92 No.1119, May 2022)

'Photos show railways in their 20th century heyday, mostly 1950s and 1960s, plus some of the more contemporary railway scene.'
(Review - The Journal of the Friends of the National Railway Museum, No.180, Summer 2022)

'The section of photographs across the three volumes will appeal to both young and old alike.'
(SLS Journal, November/December 2022, No.938, Vol.98 - review on Liverpool to Runcorn, Bolton to Preston & Preston to Lancaster)

Book Details

Tom Heavyside
Northern Lines
Middleton Press Ltd
27 November 2021
240 x 174 mm
96 Pages
120 Photographs
Large Scale Maps
Other details of local history

Stations & Locations

Stations Photo
Horwich Parkway FC, 24-26
Ribble Steam Railway BC, 118-120
Bolton Trinity Street 1-6
Bolton 7-11
Lostock Junction 10-19
Lostock 20-21
Lostock Lane 22-23
Horwich Fork Junction 25-31
Blackrod 32-38
Horwich Branch 39-42
Horwich Locomotive Works 43-54
Horwich 55-57
Adlington (Lancashire) 59-61
Adlington Junction 62-66
Chorley 67-76
Buckshaw Parkway 77-79
Chorley Royal Ordnance Factory 80-81
Euxton Junction 82-84
Leyland 85-89
Farington Junction 90-93
Farington 94-97
Farington Curve Junction 98-100
Preston 102-109
Port of Preston 111-117