Poulton and Wyre Railway Society stems from the merger of two groups, the first being the Wyre Rail Cycle Partnership formed by the Poulton Market Town Initiative in 2005. The second being a dedicated group of railway enthusiasts.
The two groups merged in April 2006 and held a well attended public meeting and by the end of the night it had been agreed that the PWRS would push forward with the heritage scheme, while still offering support to Network Rail if they decided to upgrade the line as a part of the national network.
Poulton & Wyre Railway Society has a clear mission:
'The Poulton and Wyre Railway Society will work as a catalyst to facilitate the reopening of the line from Poulton to Fleetwood and has formed the Poulton & Wyre Railway Trust to carry out negotiations with the relevant authorities on its behalf.'
1) Look after and improve Thornton station
2) Support Wyre Council and Lancashire County Council with their commitment to secure the long term future of the railway.
3) Continue to restore a fine collection of historical railway artefacts.
Plans for the station and railway corridor through Thornton include the reinstatement of boundaries using natural and picket fencing where possible,renovation of the former ticket office and the repair and replacement of damaged but still extant brick walls.
The Poulton Station Partnership includes PWRS, The Heritage Task Group and the Green Team. Working with Network Rail and Northern Rail the partnership will carry on with future improvements such as CCTV and efforts will be made to create a more authentic L&Y/LNWR look.
To find out more, get in touch with Eddie Fisher. You can find out much more information about the Poulton and Wyre Railway Society and contact details at their website www.pwrs.org
PWRS restoring valve gear
PWRS sleeper crossing at Thornton
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