Wennington to Morecambe and Heysham (Middleton)

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A black & white album of photographs covering the stations, passenger and freight trains, signal boxes and stations on the former main line from Wennington to Morecambe and Heysham, via Lancaster. A collection of old maps is also used to illustrate parts of the route and station areas.

After a general geographical and historical description of the area, there follows an account of the pioneering electrification of the line between Morecambe and Heysham in 1908, and a round-up of the passenger services in the area; followed by a timetable extract from October 1912 for the Morecambe, Heysham, Lake District, and The Furness Line.

Sections then cover:

  • Wennington to Lancaster
  • Lancaster to Morecambe
  • Down the line to Heysham
  • Morecambe-Heysham branch from 1994

This area, to the west of Lancaster, covers approximately nine square miles, and over time has included two competing railway companies, two harbours, ten stations, over a dozen signal boxes and extensive freight and passenger services. On the approach to Lancaster, the line passed a carriage and wagon works, munitions factory and a power station that were all rail-served. Across the River Lune there was another munitions factory, an oil refinery and chemical plant, two gasworks and a nuclear power station, again all rail-served. Today much of the network and infrastructure of the railway has disappeared, save for one or two prominent landmarks and the area is served by regular passenger workings from Leeds, Skipton and Lancaster, one of which is the daily boat train to Heysham Port.

120 black & white photos. Hardback. 96 pages.

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