East Lancashire Line


East Lancashire Line
East Lancashire Line
Overview
Locale Lancashire
Blackburn
Burnley
Pendle
North West England
Operation
Owner Network Rail
Technical
Track gauge Standard gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
[v · d · e]East Lancashire Line
Legend
Continuation backward
  ( WCML )
Continuation to left Junction from right
  ( To Blackpool )
Station on track
Preston
Unknown BSicon "eABZlf" Unknown BSicon "exSTRlg"
Bridge over water Unknown BSicon "exWBRÜCKE"
  River Ribble
Unknown BSicon "exCONTr" Unknown BSicon "eKRZo" Unknown BSicon "exABZgr+r"
  Whitehouse Jct ( WLR )
Continuation to left Track turning from right Straight track Unknown BSicon "exSTR"
  ( To Ormskirk )
Unknown BSicon "xABZgl+l" Junction to right Unknown BSicon "exSTR"
Continuation to left Unknown BSicon "KRZo" Track turning right Unknown BSicon "exSTR"
  ( WCML )
Stop on track Unknown BSicon "exSTR"
Lostock Hall
Continuation to left Junction from right Unknown BSicon "exSTR"
  ( To WCML )
Unknown BSicon "eABZgl+l" Unknown BSicon "exHSTq" Unknown BSicon "exSTRrf"
Todd Lane Junction
Stop on track
Bamber Bridge
Unknown BSicon "AKRZ-UKu"
  M6
Unknown BSicon "AKRZ-UKu"
  M61
Unknown BSicon "eHST"
Hoghton
Stop on track
Pleasington
Unknown BSicon "exCONTr" Unknown BSicon "eABZlg"
  ( To Chorley )
Stop on track
Cherry Tree
Stop on track
Mill Hill
Continuation to left Junction from right
  ( To Bolton )
Station on track
Blackburn
Enter and exit tunnel
  Blackburn Tunnel
Junction to left Continuation to right
  ( To Clitheroe )
Unknown BSicon "eABZlf" Unknown BSicon "exSTRlg"
Enter and exit short tunnel Unknown BSicon "exSTR"
  Rishton Tunnel
Stop on track Unknown BSicon "exSTR"
Rishton
Straight track Unknown BSicon "exHST"
Great Harwood
Stop on track Unknown BSicon "exSTR"
Church & Oswaldtwistle
Unknown BSicon "exCONTr" Unknown BSicon "eABZHSTrd" Unknown BSicon "exSTR"
Accrington   ( To Bury )
Stop on track Unknown BSicon "exSTR"
Huncoat
Straight track Unknown BSicon "exHST"
Simonstone
Stop on track Unknown BSicon "exSTR"
Hapton
Straight track Unknown BSicon "exHST"
Padiham
Unknown BSicon "eABZrg" Unknown BSicon "exSTRrf"
Stop on track
Rose Grove
Continuation to left Junction to right
  ( To Hebden Bridge )
Stop on track
Burnley Barracks
Stop on track
Burnley Central
Unknown BSicon "eHST"
New Hall Bridge Halt
Unknown BSicon "eHST"
Reedley Hallows Halt
Stop on track
Brierfield
Enter and exit short tunnel
  Brierfield Tunnel
Stop on track
Nelson
Unknown BSicon "eHST"
Bott Lane Halt
Unknown BSicon "KBHFxe"
Colne
Unknown BSicon "exCONTf"
  ( To Skipton )

The East Lancashire Line is a railway line in the Lancashire region of England, which runs between Preston and Colne, through Blackburn, Accrington and Burnley (Central and Barracks).

It is operated by Northern Rail. Services on this line stop at every station on the line. It was designated by the Department for Transport as a community rail line in November 2006[1].

Network Rail refers to the main part of this line, from Preston to Gannow Junction (where the mainly single-line branch to Burnley Central and Colne diverges) and onwards to Burnley Manchester Road and Hall Royd Junction, as the Roses line[2].

Contents

History

The line was built by the Blackburn and Preston Railway and the Blackburn, Burnley, Accrington and Colne Extension Railway. Both companies were absorbed by the East Lancashire Railway on 3 August 1846 and 21 July 1845 respectively. The East Lancashire Railway was, in turn, absorbed by the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway on 13 May 1859.

The line connected end-on at Colne with the Leeds and Bradford Extension Railway's line to Skipton and Bradford. This 11½ mile (18½ km) link closed in 1970. The Skipton - East Lancashire Rail Action Partnership campaigns to reinstate it.

In the 1870s the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway built the North Lancashire Loop (also known as the Great Harwood Loop), a 9-mile (14 km) route through Great Harwood, Simonstone and Padiham, which bypassed Accrington. The line between Padiham and Rose Grove opened in 1875; west of Padiham it opened two years later as a result of difficulties in constructing the embankments between Great Harwood and Simonstone. Regular use of the North Lancashire Loop ceased in 1957; the route closed completely in 1964, with only the section from Rose Grove to Padiham Power Station remaining until 1993.[3]

Services

Trains from Preston to Colne usually begin at Blackpool South, on the Blackpool Branch Line, which makes the whole length of the line a total of 80 km (50 mi).

Services via the Roses line routing encompass the Caldervale Line semi-fast trains from Blackpool North stopping at Preston, Blackburn, Accrington and Burnley Manchester Road, heading towards West Yorkshire, currently terminating at York.

References

  1. ^ Lancs. County Council description of East Lancs CRP
  2. ^ NR Route 23, p2
  3. ^ Suggitt, Gordon (2003). Lost Railways of Lancashire. Newbury, Berkshire: Countryside Books. pp. 80–82. ISBN 978-1-85306-801-0. OCLC 52565677. 

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