Northern Lines

Preston to Blackpool

The Fylde Lines

by John Matthews & Peter Fitton

A fascinating look at the railways of the Fylde region, from the early days right up to the eve of electrification.

The landscape may be fairly flat but the huge variety of trains and locomotives made up for this. In addition, at one time close on 50 signal boxes were in operation, many of them pictured here. The three lines to Blackpool are covered in depth, illustrated with some rare photos.

Enjoy a look at the Fylde lines that have now changed forever.



'The authors have chosen a good balance of steam and diesel images that have reproduced well.... The book covers the period immediately prior to the delayed electrification scheme, so will provide many memories to those who know the area and its lines in its heyday. Recommended.'
(The Railway Magazine, November 2018)

'This volume appears at a time of recent dramatic change to the railway landscape of the Fylde, following electrification between Blackpool North and Preston... This informative book is highly recommended.'
(The Railway Observer, September 2018, Vol.88, No.1075)

'Middleton Press's spring 2018 book returns us to the days when thousands of holidaymakers from many parts of the country crowded the platforms almost to dangerous safety levels, with lots of steam excursions and also a glimpse of more modern times.... Authorship has been passed to two knowledgeable local authorities, although Middleton Press' Vic Mitchell is called upon to recall the golden days of the branch from Poulton to Fleetwood.'
(Steam World, Issue 371, May 2018)

Book Details

John Matthews & Peter Fitton
Vic Mitchell
Northern Lines
Middleton Press Ltd
24 March 2018
16 December 2019
240 x 174 mm
96 pages
120 photographs
large scale maps
other details of local history

Stations & Locations

Stations Photo
Preston 1-10
Lea Road 18-19
Salwick 22-26
Kirkham & Wesham 30-34
Wrea Green 39-42
Moss Side 43-44
Lytham 45-48
Ansdell & Fairhaven 49-53
St.Annes-on-the-Sea 54-58
Gillett's Crossing Halt 59-61
Squires Gate 62
Blackpool Pleasure Beach 63-65
South Shore Lytham Road 66
Blackpool South 67-71
Blackpool Central 72-80
Kirkham Junction 81-84
Singleton 85-86
Poulton-le-Fylde 87-94
Layton 95
Blackpool North 96-106
Thornton-Cleveleys 107-110
Burn Naze 111-112
Wyre Dock 113-115
Fleetwood 116-120