Preston has come a long way since Dickens used it as the inspiration for Coketown in “Hard Times”.
Today, as one of the UK’s newest cities, Preston has shaken off its industrial reputation to embrace the new – and everyone from Bae Systems to Westinghouse are here, including Alstom.
As a major station on the West Coast Main Line, it’s comparatively easy to get to Preston on Virgin Trains from London Euston, Birmingham New Street, Glasgow Central and Edinburgh Waverley. There’s also a stop here on the ScotRail Caldedonian Sleeper, enabling access to the distant Highlands. Northern Rail provide local connections to Liverpool, Manchester, Ormskirk and Blackpool, while First TransPennine will bring you here from Manchester Airport, Bolton, Lancaster, Carlisle and stations as far afield as central Scotland.
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Get out and about in Preston and you’ll discover six museums, and just as many parks and nature reserves. Experience the soaring highs and crashing lows of league football by cheering on Preston North End at Deepdale... or arm yourself with a bucket and spade, and hop on a train for the quick jaunt to nearby Blackpool.
Preston station is a good place to observe a huge range of regional and high speed traffic on the West Coast Main Line. You can also connect with Preston’s railway past and immerse yourself in steam courtesy of the Ribble Steam Railway, which operates a modern visitor centre and a 1.5 mile stretch of track starting in the town’s old Riversway Docklands.
Preston Station – http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/stations/pre/details.html
Ribble Steam Railway - http://www.ribblesteam.org.uk/
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