Visiting East Lancashire Railway
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The history of the East Lancashire Railway is the story of a heroic struggle to keep a dying part of Britainâ€™s heritage alive, a struggle that still goes on today. The Railwayâ€™s past is inextricably linked to that of the area s industry. The railways provided industries with a vital link to the countryâ€™s network of import, export, raw materials and, most importantly, workers. Even in those utilitarian times however, the East Lancashire Railway provided a leisure-time service for holidaying workers. Developing technology in turn developed the railway, however it was also the introduction of newer, more cost effective technologies that led to the decline of the Railway as the main method of transportation. The influx of cars, trucks and buses on Britainâ€™s roads soon made the railways a liability rather than a vital service in the eyes of the government, and all but the bare minimum of stations were closed. This is where the battle to preserve the East Lancashire Railway began.
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Bolton Street Station
Telephone: 0161 764 7790
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