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Back to the centre of Preston Station.
The first photo, from 1950, is roughly of the same area where the Pedolino in the last picture of last week was:
Up side of Preston station, with Workington - Manchester express

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The Down side of the station in 1962:
Smoke and noise as a Special runs through Preston Station

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Also from 1962, the central area seen from the north end of the main train shed:
Down WCML express at Preston

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View of part of the station outside the overall roof, from 1963:
Preston Station, with train

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From 1966:
Preston Station: Up side, Platforms 6, 7 and 8

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Some colour light signals visible - possibly the precursors to electrification?

No pictures of electrification in progress, but one unique visitor - the APT - in 1984:
Preston Station

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From 2003, the wires are everywhere, but here are two DMUs:
Preston to Blackpool

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Part of the central area in 2007:
Preston to Blackpool

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Seems to have been something of a clean-up and repaint by the time of this photo; another photographer says there was a large amount of work done on the station which was completed in 2009.

This photo is from 2010:
Platforms 4,5 and 6 at Preston Station

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Next time we'll be looking at the north end of the station and the complex trackwork and signals on the northern approach to it.

John
 

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Regret there will be a break of unknown length - had a heart attack on Weds 21st July. Fortunately treated at Harefield Hospital successfully, but under firm instructions to minimise activities for a few weeks!

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I hope your recovery goes well.

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That's bad news John. Take it easy and here's hoping for a speedy recovery.
 

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Thanks for your best wishes - I am recovering. It was completely out of the blue - previous day I'd climbed a narrow spiral church tower staircase with no problem! Was working up at St Albans South box and thought I'd strained something; drove home and sat on the bed, rang my sister, a retired nurse, whose response was "Dial 999." so I did. Got 'blue-lighted' along the M25 to get to Harefield and fifty minutes after arrival I'm being wheeled into a ward after having three stents fitted to a blocked heart artery!
No driving for four weeks, and have numerous tests lined up over the next few weeks.

Hope to be back in action here soon.

John
 
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