Changing Tracks

Lancashire’s railways have played an important part in the development of the county since the first line was opened to Preston in 1838

There have been many changes since 1945, with many closures of stations and lines, but this had surprising results, often bringing together communities or making way for walking trails and new businesses. And rail travel is more popular than ever, with 12 million journeys made in present-day Lancashire in 2011.

Running from June to November 2013 Changing Tracks is an exciting countywide programme of activities and events designed by Lancashire County Council’s Community Heritage team to celebrate the history and heritage of Lancashire’s railways since 1945. From talks and walks to model railways displays and children’s activities there is something for everyone.

Our journey starts at the launch event at the Museum of Lancashire in Preston, on Saturday 22 June. Come along to see displays, join in children’s activities, watch films, hear poems, stories and talks about Lancashire’s railways and learn how to trace your ancestors.

You can also talk to people from

North West Sound Archive

Lancashire Libraries

Ribble Valley Steam Railway

Community Rail Partnerships

Lancashire Archives


Free entry 10.30-17.00

For more information visit our website at

contact the Community Heritage team on

01772 534021

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