A station has stood at the location of Blackburn’s present day station since 1846 when the Blackburn - Preston Railway opened. With more lines being built, including the Chorley to Blackburn line, the original station struggled to cope with the increased demand,and between 1886 and 1888 the station underwent improvements that increased the number of platforms to accommodate the extra traffic. Four platforms were covered with ornate roofing , but by 2000 these were in need of replacement. In a £35m project the heart of the station was ripped out.
The ornate roof was torn off to be replaced by a space like perspex bubble. covering a hundred yards of the centre platforms. However, my page is only concerned with the station till 1966 when the Chorley - Blackburn line closed.
Again I am indebted to Mr RM Casserley who has granted me permission to use photo’s his father, HC Casserley took in the 1950s and 1960s and which, as far as I am aware, have never been published or been put on the internet till now. The photos show just how busy Blackburn station was.
4th September 1955
Fowler Compound No 41102 stand with a returning Northern Dales Railtour at the west side of the station. See this link for details about the Railtour.
Built at Derby, this engine came into service in October 1925 and was withdrawn in December 1958
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23rd April 1954
A nice sunny spring day as the 12.15pm train awaits departure to Wigan. This train would have stopped at Cherry Tree, Withnell, Brinscall, Heapey and
Chorley, before continuing on to Wigan. The train is in the bay platform which is still used today (Platform 3) for trains to Bolton and Manchester. Note the roofing and the four chimneys at the front of the station. The roof has gone - but the original frontage remains.