Alternative Plan B

Following a series of meetings with Network Rail (NR), the future layout of the railway at Poulton has been agreed. The pictured Alternative Plan B, a short term fix for car parking and new Fleetwood branch terminus, is the preferred option.

While some will be disappointed that the junction is to be removed, NR have offered to help us set up two steering groups. One will look to develop a new step free interchange between the Fleetwood branch and Poulton station, while another will look to develop a decent car park.

Our alternative option will be just one of a number of plans that will be looked at by the new group. We are also hopeful of electrification project gifts and will keep you updated.

The electrification masts will be placed to ensure a full reconnection would be relatively straight forward and the signalling system will allow for plug in additions when required.

Network Rail are hopeful that the funding for the extra 22 car park spaces will be found in the project budget. They have also offered to help us identify funding to design the new step free PWRS interchange.

The NR electrification project team have offered to come and volunteer on a number of days through next year and 2018 and we look forward to meeting them all.

All in all there are exciting times ahead and we look forward to building an excellent relationship with the electrification project team.

Eddie Fisher
President

Railway Library Donation

The Society has had another railway library donated.

This was from Brian Fare of Wesham and consists of over 300 titles to be used to raise funds for the refurbishment of the DMU.

Brian, whose son is a Society member, worked as a locomotive fireman based in Preston in the last days of steam and was subsequently trained to drive diesels.

He particularly enjoyed the Fleetwood run when he could purchase a stone of fresh fish for a half a crown.

I thanked Brian on the Society’s behalf.

Jeff (Chairman)