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Date(s) - 6th May 2017
10:50 am - 4:00 pm
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Preston Railway Station (Platform 7 south exit)


A walk (distance 4 miles) starting from Preston Station and following the route of the Preston Docks Branch Railway, a branch line still in regular use for movement of bitumen tank trains. In addition to the walk there will be a visit to the Ribble Steam Railway and Museum. After viewing the station and its environs, the route will follow the full length line of the Docks Branch alongside the River Ribble and continuing past the former Preston Docks and river lock ( see 1889 railway map and 1917 dock map) to the branch terminus adjacent to site of the Ribble Steam Railway Station and Museum (link to website: Ribble Steam Railway). From here there is an option of a train ride (fare payable) to travel along that part of the branch that is used by the preserved railway. In the afternoon there will be short walk to view the siding used to stable the bitumen tank wagons.


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Meet at Preston Station, (Platform 7 south exit) at 10:50 following arrival of the 09:46 departure from Manchester Piccadilly (train for Blackpool North), arrives Preston 10:33. From Yorkshire the recommended train is the 09:08 departure from Leeds, arriving Preston at 10:47. The lunch break will be at Ribble Railway Museum where there is a cafe that serves light snacks or alternatively bring your own food. Return by bus from the Railway Museum to Preston Station for trains to onward destinations.

For further information contact Gerald Leach (tel: 01565 654342; email gerald.leach@btinternet.com)