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Parbold platform poster offers train commuters a history of railway station

Parbold platform poster offers train commuters a history of railway station

by Tom Martin (October 2020)

TRAIN commuters can now get a short history lesson about Parbold railway station after a poster was placed on the platform.

Community Rail Lancashire (CRL) are undertaking a project to provide history posters for stations all over Lancashire and they asked Friends of Parbold Station to help out.

The poster gives a brief history of the local station and includes a number of photographs over the ages.

Mark Dowding,  working with the Friends of Parbold Station  as well as  Friends of Parbold Library,  has produced the poster.

He said: “I was approached by David Pryer of the Friends of  Parbold  Station to see if I would be interested in contributing to a poster that was to be produced by Community Rail Lancashire and displayed on the station platform.

“The railway has been my working life, constructing and designing electrification schemes for national and international railways, and so I jumped at the chance and after finding a number of photographs from different eras and putting a draft of the text together for the Friends of Parbold Station to peruse, pull apart, amend and approve – which they did!

“We managed to agree on which photographs should be included with the addition of a couple from John Sloane’s collection, and a brief history of the station over the years from different sources which was proof read and corrected by Tony Graham – a friend of ours who is a railway historian – and sent to CRL for final approval and production.”

“I’ve enjoyed working on the project and I think it’s a fine addition on the station to show part of the history of the Wigan – Southport line.”

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