Poulton and Wyre Railway Society PWRS, 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 WRCP wished to see the line from Poulton junction to Burn Naze re-opened and extended to Fleetwood as a modern commuter railway (with a heritage feel at the station sites) and a joint cyclepath/ bridleway. The second group proposed a heritage railway, offering tourists the chance of a trip behind a steam locomotive on the Fylde coast, whilst also looking into running a commuter service using other heritage locomotives.
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.’
The Priorities of Poulton and Wyre Railway Society are:
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.
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PWRS – How you can get involved
Poulton & Wyre Railway Society (known as PWRS) are on a mission to re-open the railway line between Poulton and Fleetwood. Everyone is welcome, here is more information about how you can get involved.
Membership of community groups like this can mean lots of different things to different people, but anyone with an interest in railways and trains, or the areas in which the group are working is very welcome to get in touch and join in.
Get updates about current work and find out more about Poulton and Wyre Railway Society
Rebuild and refurbishment of the Wennington Signal Box
The restoration of a 6 wheeled L&Y carriage
The reclamation and de-vegetation of the former Thornton Station site
The restoration of a John Fowler Locomotive
Restoring to original condition the fencing and gates of Thornton Station
How can you get involved?
Membership of the PWRS can mean different things to different people:
1. Friendship and socialising – you can meet with established working teams at Thornton Station, or be part of our promotions team
2. Administration -offer guidance on planning and the preparation of tasks such as the restoration of the Wennington Signal Box and the L&Y carriage.
3. Memories – access membership content on our website, such as reports and our well established photo archive
4. Discussion – generally evangelise about our aims and objectives to your colleagues, family, friends and neighbours!
5. Watching brief – support the Society from your armchair, keep abreast of what’s going on through meetings, the website and newsletters
Everyone is welcome, young and old, so if you are interested in supporting our project please contact:
Membership Secretary Nick McCrudden
Tel: 07521 834243.
Or write to:
Poulton and Wyre Railway Society
c/o The Print Room
Hillhouse Business Park
You can also visit the website at www.pwrs.org
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