Long Preston railway station
A steam train taking on water at Long Preston railway station in 2005
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Long Preston railway station serves the village of Long Preston in North Yorkshire, England. The station is 37.5 miles (60 km) north-west of Leeds on the Leeds to Morecambe Line and is managed by Northern Rail who provide all passenger train services.
It is the last station before the Settle-Carlisle Line and the Leeds to Morecambe Line diverge at Settle Junction to the north of the village. Facilities at the station are basic - the original wooden station buildings were demolished in the early 1970s and there are now just simple waiting shelters on each platform. It is unstaffed and passengers must buy their tickets on the train.
Generally, there is a train every two hours from Long Preston southbound towards Leeds (nine departures per day in total) and northbound. All services from Leeds to Lancaster and Morecambe (five per day) stop there, along with three Leeds to Carlisle trains. There is also one train each day that runs north only as far as Ribblehead, and one Morecambe train which continues to Heysham.
For many years on Sundays, only Leeds - Morecambe trains stopped at Long Preston. However, since 2009, certain Carlisle trains have also served the station on Sundays. As a result there are now four trains to Morecambe and one to Carlisle northbound and six trains to Leeds southbound (the two morning/early afternoon services on the Morecambe line that formerly ran in summer only up until 2010 now run throughout the year).
- Bairstow, p. 96
- Bairstow, M. (2000), The 'Little' North Western Railway, Martin Bairstow, Leeds, ISBN 1-871944-21-X
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