Long Preston railway station serves the village of Long Preston in North Yorkshire. The station is almost exactly half way between Leeds and Morecambe. 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 somewhat basic – the original wooden station buildings were all 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.
In 1086, Long Preston was known as Prestune, meaning ‘the priest’s farmstead or town’. But human occupation of the area around Long Preston goes back to prehistoric times as remains have been found at Victoria Cave on the hills above Settle. Also a stone axe head was found in the area of Bookil Gill. Later on ‘Long’ was added, referring to its linear development and distinguishing Long Preston from the many other Prestons.
The station was opened on 30 July 1849 by the ‘little’ North Western Railway, later taken over by the Midland Railway and expanded in 1875 with the commissioning of the Settle-Carlisle Line. It declined in the 1970s and 80s but is now seeing an increase in heavy freight and passenger traffic.
Between 1923 and 1935, Long Preston was the railhead for the construction of Stocks Reservoir built by the Fylde Water Board (FWB). Steam traction engines hauled material between the FWB depot, to the west of the current station, by road to Tosside where connection was made with a 3 foot gauge industrial railway system that served the dam construction project.
Long Preston Station
SD 833578 – for a map visit www.streetmap.co.uk and enter the grid reference.
+ Unstaffed station
+ Regular services to Lancaster and Morecambe, Leeds and Carlisle
+ Free car park (10+ spaces)
+ Waiting shelters on platforms
+ Additional seating on platforms
+ Buses operate from the village – click here for bus timetables
+ To see the village website click here
+ Rail User Group – Lancaster & Skipton Rail User Group
+ The viallage has its own permanent Maypole on Maypole Green adjacent to the Maypole Inn
+ Long Preston is close to Stocks Reservoir in the Forest of Bowland – for more information about this area of Outstanding Natural Beauty click here
+ Long Preston is also home to one of Rohan’s retail outlets – for more information click here.
Countryside walking – close to the Forest of Bowland
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