John Speller's Web Pages North Union Railway (L&NWR/L&YR)

John Speller's Web Pages - L&NWR
North Union Railway (L&NWR/L&YR) LNWR Untitled
The Wigan Branch Railway, connecting Wigan with Parkside on the Liverpool and Manchester Railway opened in 1832. The Wigan and Preston Junction Railway was incorporated on 22 April 1831 to join Wigan with Preston, but at first made slow progress. In August 1833, before work on the Wigan–Preston line had begun, it was agreed to amalgamate the two companies with the title of the North Union Railway, which took place under an Act of 22 May 1834. This was, incidentally, the first railway amalgamation in history. The major engineering work on the line was the Ribble Bridge near Preston. The foundation stone of this was laid on 1 September 1835, but it was not until 30 October 1838 that the line opened throughout. The North Union Railway was purchased jointly by the Grand Junction Railway and the Manchester & Leeds Railway in 1846, and later passed into the joint ownership of the London & North Western and Lancashire & Yorkshire Railways. Until these two companies merged on 1 January 1922, the North Union line was unique in being the only part of the West Coast Main Line that was not wholly owned by the London & North Western Railway.
Map of the Norrth Union Railway
An early view of the station at Preston
Boar's Head station in around 1910, with the West Coast Main Line on the left and the Lancashire & Yorkshire line to Blackburn on the right
Standish station in a view of around 1905
Site Contents Untitled