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.
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