Farington railway station

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Farington 5 railway station geograph-2163330.jpg
A freight train passing through in 1957
Place Farington
Area South Ribble
Original company North Union Railway
Pre-grouping NUR
Post-grouping London, Midland and Scottish Railway
Platforms 4
31 October 1838 Station opens as Farrington
October 1857 renamed Farington
7 March 1960 Station closes to regular traffic
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
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Farington railway station served Farington, south of Preston in Lancashire, England.


The station opened on 31 October 1838 under the ownership of the North Union Railway, and was originally named Farrington.[1] In October 1857 it was renamed Farington.[2] It became a junction in 1846 when the Blackburn and Preston Railway opened its line from Blackburn, which joined the main line a short distance to the south. This link only survived in regular use for four years however, as a dispute between the B&PR's successor the East Lancashire Railway and the NUR over access to the main line to Preston and the sizeable tolls the ELR had to pay to use it led to the latter company building its own independent route into the city. Thereafter original B&PR link fell into disuse and was severed (though it eventually reopened in 1886 with the main line junction altered to face south), whilst the station reverted to a purely local role, served by stopping trains between Wigan North Western and Preston on the main line. This was quadrupled at the end of the 19th century and the station expanded to four platforms as a consequence.

Farington station was closed by the British Transport Commission on 7 March 1960,[3] (before the Beeching Axe of 1963) and was subsequently demolished. West Coast Main Line trains run through Farington and still carry many inter-city and semi-local services and the East Lancashire Line crosses over the line close by.

Lostock Hall railway station (on the East Lancashire Line) and Leyland railway station (on the West Coast Main Line) are the nearest stops to the village.


  1. ^ Butt 1995, p. 95
  2. ^ Butt 1995, pp. 94,95
  3. ^ Butt 1995, p. 94


  • Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 95. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508. 

Preceding station Historical railways Following station
Line and station open
  North Union Railway   Leyland
Line and station open

Coordinates: 53°43′18″N 2°41′50″W / 53.7217°N 2.6972°W / 53.7217; -2.6972