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Book tells history of Preston to Southport railway line

Book tells history of Preston to Southport railway line

by Danielle Thompson (October 2021)

A BOOK recently published traces the history of the Preston to Southport railway line.

David Hindle’s illustrated book, ‘Lament for a Branch Line’ looks at the history of the branch from its opening in 1882 in time for the Preston Guild celebrations of that year.

It was named the West Lancashire Railway by the owners, before being amalgamated with the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway in 1897.

The book traces the history of the branch line up to its closure on the September 6, 1964, a victim of the Beeching cuts.

Sefton rail enthusiast Tony Robertson said: “As railway books go this one is up there with the best of them.

“I collect railway books covering Merseyside/Cheshire/Lancashire and also the East Midlands from where I originate so have quite a selection and rarely have I been so impressed with the content and layout of a book.

“To say it is comprehensively illustrated is not to do it justice as there are many well-known locations where significant numbers of photos cover different times during the railway’s operation.

“The text is mainly there to support and indeed explain the photos but it is well written with everything being detailed.

“I never knew the line in operation as I was six and living in Rochdale when it closed yet I feel as though I knew it well having read this delightful book which also encompasses the Liverpool, Southport & Preston Railway line.”

‘Lament for a Branch Line’ is published by Silver Link Books

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