SCRCA site 232491: Long Preston Station

SCRCA Location Introduction

Long Preston Station was built by the North Western Railway Company*. It opened to goods traffic on July 30th, 1849 and to passenger traffic on August 1st, 1849.

The original passenger facilities consisted of a main station building beside the 'Up' platform and a waiting shelter beside the 'Down' platform. Both of these structures were built using timber rather than bricks or stone and they were demolished in the 1970s. Passenger facilities are now limited to a pair of functional, but unattractive metal & glass waiting shelters.

A detached Station Master's House once stood between the main station building and the road overbridge, but this too was demolished in the 1970s.

The station facilities also included a small goods yard to the north-west of the road ovebridge. The goods facilities closed to traffic on November 4th, 1963 and the associated structures and trackwork have all been demolished / removed.

Between circa 1919 and circa 1935, there was a connection from the 'Down' loop to the Fylde Water Board Sidings and these played an important role in the construction of nearby Stocks Reservoir.

* This was often referred to as 'The Little North-Western', to differentiate it from the much larger London & North-Western Railway Company.

Long Preston Station, context view from the south-east.

Key details from the Location Record

Location Type
Railway Station
Location Variant
Station Status - Open (Served by passenger trains)
Assessment status
Current Use(s)
Agricultural, Railway ops
Shown on a land plan?
Construction / installation period
1: Pre-dates the Settle-Carlisle Railway (pre 1869)
Distance from London St.Pancras
232 miles and 41 chains
Position relative to running lines
Both sides
This location IS visible from nearby publicly accessible land.
Accessibility (ease of access)
Protection Category
Site within Conservation Area
Geographic Location
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