R.J.E Photography

Keeping Memories Alive

Preston To Longridge Railway

Opened in May 1840 with simple passenger capabilities, it was a single track line horse drawn and gravity powered to and from Tootle Heights quarry in Longridge and Ribbleton! The plans originally were to link Preston via Ribchester to then link up with the proposed Leeds and Bradford extension rail line..ambitious to say the least!
As time passed the rail line evolved to take steam engines and extensions were added, such as the Whittingham passenger branch in 1889.
The line became less and less popular as bus travel become more convenient and eventually closed to passengers in 1930 and 1967 for goods traffic.
Quite a lot remains and makes for a interesting walk during summer (not including Miley tunnel...not exactly what you could call a pleasant walk). Each Picture has more information attached. Enjoy!


  1. I have a interest in this line i made a delivery in Longridge in the 1960s i saw signs of it then. Locals told me about it. I bought Mr Hindles book which is excellant. I was in Preston two weeks ago i bought petrol at a new Morrisons on Blackpool Road is it the trackbed at the side of the car park. The photos on your site are excellant .

    (Posted on 2014-05-08 13:59:00 by Maurice Gordon)

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