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Blackburn Cathedral

River Ribble at Ribchester


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Whalley Viaduct

Clitheroe Castle

For information about

the items listed below,

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Hellifield Station






To read the

DalesRail Walks Leaflet

click above poster





To visit the

DalesRail Website

click above poster








To access the Guided Walks Programme as a pdf file

click here






Previous Issues of RBTL

are located in the RVR Trailer Gallery






Re-commences Sunday 18 Sept 2016





To access the DalesRail Website, click panels below:











Rail Ramblers


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Guided Walks Programme






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Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway






North Lancashire Loop - Blackburn - Clitheroe


To access this leaflet

click below


7 July 2011

Copies of this leaflet will be available at the usual outlets






ACoRP Information



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At ACoRP's Community Rail Gala Dinner held on 3rd October 2014 at the Spa in Scarborough,

RVR's Marjorie Birch and Brian Haworth received jointly the award below

as part of their work for Community Rail Lancashire.


Many congratulations on their splendid pioneering work!


Please visit ACoRP's own website (link above)

for full details of all awards

at this prestigious event.








To view others in the series, click on the selected station below


Burnley Barracks



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Data compiled by Simon Clarke


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ACoRP Information



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2010/11 Edition



This publication showcases many of the Scenic Rail Lines around Britain.

Most of the lines featured are supported by Community Rail Partnerships.

Our many rural branch lines take you to some of Britain's most beautiful scenery and loveliest villages,

and they're connected to all parts of the country by the high quality, frequent, InterCity Rail network.


To get a printed copy, please contact the ACoRP office below:



The Old Water Tower

Huddersfield Railway Station

St Georges Square




Phone: (+44) 01484 548926

Fax: (+44) 01484 481057

e-mail: office@acorp.uk.com




or, for a pdf copy, click on the panel below, which depicts the section in the brochure,

highlighting the West & East Lancashire, Ribble Valley and South Fylde Lines:


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Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway

Cycling into Railway History

Padiham to Rose Grove

(Padiham Loop)

To view, click below

The Corresponding Leaflet is now available at the usual outlets


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National Passenger Survey

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(1.96 MB)


To visit the Passenger Focus website

click here



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NK writes, incorporating text from the Community Rail Lancashire Website, and reproduced with kind permission of Simon Clarke:


I had the pleasure of attending the official opening of the 'Meet Me at the Station' project by Lois Rimmer, Ribble Valley Mayor on Saturday 22nd May 2010.

I did manage to take a few very modest photographs, none of which I felt completely captured the true nature and flavour of the displays, a personal visit to the gallery therefore is really needed, and, whilst I often let the photographs themselves tell the story, here it will be helpful to be aware of the background.


The project, which saw Ribble Valley Schools working with local artist Alastair Nicholson to create a huge number of ‘mini-me' plasticine models,  is displayed in the Platform Gallery in Clitheroe.

As well as the plasticine figures, are models of the five stations between Blackburn and Clitheroe, along with an animated short film of the  journey along the Ribble Valley Line, which are also on display.

Children are being encouraged to get involved when they visit the exhibition by making their own ‘mini-me' models and adding them to the ‘platforms' below a specially-created vinyl banner on the outside of the gallery.  


The 'Meet Me at the Station' project has also been expanded to include a photographic exhibition with the same theme.


Two schools, which have been involved in the ‘Brian the Bull' project, have written railway-themed poetry as feedback, and these are displayed on the fence, close to the railway, at the rear of the gallery as a ‘poetry ribbon' .

Inside the gallery is a large amount of artwork by the children, and this includes charcoal sketches of the pieces of railwayania that have been excavated from the disused Great Harwood Loop Line close to Padiham Green Primary School.

The children from St. Mary's RC Primary and Padiham Green Primary Schools have also been able to record their poetry, thanks to links with The Grand in Clitheroe. The recordings will be played both inside and outside at the Gallery over the three weeks of the exhibition between Saturday 22nd May and 12th June 2010.

The Platform Gallery is open Monday to Saturday 10.00 to 16.00.

The project has been funded by the Aggregates Levy and Ribble Valley Borough Council and is supported by the Clitheroe Line & East Lancashire Community Rail Partnerships and Ribble Valley Rail.




The full collection of photos, shown below, complete with captions and details of photographers,

can now be viewed on the Community Rail Lancashire website.

For an express link, click here





















Railway artefacts discovered by Padiham Green Primary Schools

during an archeological dig

close to the site of the former Padiham Station

and subsequently drawn (see left)



Blackburn Station Figures


produced by


Daisyfield Primary School, Blackburn




'Through a Train Window' drawings







To visit the corresponding section on the Community Rail Lancashire website,

click here

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Photos: Brian Haworth











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Community Rail Day - 17th May 2008



To view a selection of photos taken during

Community Rail Day 17 May 2008,

click here


Photographic Competition

Click here to see the results.

To view the first six winning entries, click here.


Report by Northern Rail on the Community Rail Day

After the very successful weekend, Ribble Valley Rail was pleased to receive a copy of Northern's comprehensive report, written by Dr. Paul Salveson, and extracts, relevant to Lancashire, may be read by clicking here.


Programme of Events

for Community Rail in NORTH WEST ENGLAND

To view the very well-produced and informative leaflet, which gave full details, click here











Rail Ramblers - The Home of Lancashire Rail Ramblers

now have their own website, which is very well-laid out, most informative and well-worth a visit even by non-ramblers


There is also reference to the RVR website viz.



ACoRP website


RVR Cab Ride Trailer


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- Naming Ceremony

Sunday 21st September 2008

at Blackburn Station

After the naming, Janet Anderson MP, Sonya Hinton, Steve Butcher (Northern Rail) and Lord Taylor of Blackburn, together with younger relatives of Barbara Castle, stand for photographs.

The named unit has been ‘wrapped' with an attractive display, featuring Barbara Castle and members of the Passenger Transport Executive Group (PTEG), and is shown standing at Blackburn Station before its inaugural journey to Manchester Oxford Road.

The vestibule within the train features a poster, which explains the work done by Barbara Castle.

Scroll below for a more legible version of the text contained in the above poster.

Speeches were made by (left to right) Ruth Kelly (Secretary of State for Transport), Neil Scales (Chairman, PTEG) and Heidi Mottram (Managing Director, Northern Rail).

Photos and captions by D. J. Butterworth

Baroness Castle of Blackburn

Born into a politically active family, and brought up in Pontefract and Bradford, Barbara Castle was the youngest woman in Parliament when she became MP for Blackburn in 1945.

In 1965 she was the first woman to become Minister of Transport and only the fourth woman to sit in Cabinet. Clever, fiery, hard-working, decisive, and with a flair for publicity, she made the most of her time at the Ministry by pragmatically applying her strongly held views on the importance of a planned approach to transport. Among her achievements were giving the railways a future by putting them on a more secure financial footing, and by preventing some of the worst excesses of Dr. Beeching's closure plans.

She also saved hundreds of miles of canals by giving them a new role for amenity and leisure.Many lives were saved through new seatbelt and drink-driving legislation She also created new and powerful urban transport authorities, giving them the job of providing inregrated public transport networks that cities need. As a result, over the last four decades the Passenger Transport Executives and Authorities have been able to invest billions in providing better public transport for the largest conurbations in the North and Midlands.





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Santa Services



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Santa Services 2007

Community Rail Day on the Ribble Valley Line - 19 May 2007

Clitheroe Festival Weekend

17 and 18 May 2008


To view the exceptionally attractive leaflet published by Cltheroe The Future, which contained full details of the very extensive programme of events,

please click here





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Community Rail Day


Blackburn & Clitheroe



Saturday 19th May 2007




A montage of photos of some of the activities, which were held on the day,

can now be viewed by

clicking here




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Community Rail Weekend 2008

Photographic Competition




Steam on the

Royal Train


Ribblehead Viaduct



by Dean Weaver





Father & Two sons

watching Class 47

at Preston



by Ken Roberts


Lord Nelson





by Wendy Smith



Mother & son


Keighley & Worth Valley Railway



by Ken Roberts

5th =


Princess Elizabeth

at Langwathby



by Matt Clarke

5th =


Santa Services 2007



by Nigel Kirby


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‘NORTHERN - Stakeholder Specials'

To Keighley & Worth Valley Railway and Haworth

Sunday 13 July 2008


RVR was one of many similar organisations invited to join one of three specially-chartered trains to Keighley ( click here for timings ).

A small contingent travelled from Ribble Valley Line stations to join at Bolton their allocated special (four immaculate 156s) where they were cordially greeted by Northern Staff, and subsequently provided on board with very edible and enjoyable snacks, a quiz and attractively-produced Commemorative Literature.

On arrival at Keighley, guests were entertained to a delightful Buffet Lunch, to the strains of the melodious Harrogate Brass Band, and then allowed the freedom of the Worth Valley Railway for the day.

On the return journey, water and wine were provided, both beverages being most welcome on a relatively-rare warm and sunny day, along with individual copies of the DVD "Northern - A Community Railway", detailing a few examples of their commitment.

I am sure that all guests were highly impressed with Northern's organisation of the event, which would have involved extensive planning at various levels and stages, sheer hard work and professionalism, so much in evidence on the day itself, and which, in turn, helped to promote a most convivial atmosphere.

Grateful thanks, therefore, are extended to Northern, and also the Worth Valley Railway, as good as ever, for their hospitality, providing everyone with a splendid and quite memorable day-out, and whose joint efforts are so very much appreciated.





Arrival at Keighley
RVR Chairman, Peter Moore, conversing with Northern's MD, Heidi Mottram.








The excellent Harrogate Brass Band, and trips in a brake van, provided additional entertainment.

Awaiting the arrival of a Worth Valley train on Platform 4.








Peter Moore, surrounded by three RVR members, Heather Fairclough, Marian Fox & Kathleen Sharples, all enjoying their refreshments.


Peter Moore now joined by senior Northern staff, Tricia Riley, Area Director North and Wayne Dixon, Area Station Manager North







Awaiting departure for Oxenhope

Ken Roberts in a dual role as a member of both RVR and the Worth Valley Railway.








RVR stalwarts, Brian Haworth, Brian Race, joined by Ken Roberts, outside the well-patronised Buffet Car.


RVR Hon. Sec. and current Worth Valley chairman, Peter Eastham, joined by Dr. Paul Salveson, MBE and Phil Mills from Northern.








RVR member, Dean Weaver, accompanied by his grandson, and who both thoroughly enjoyed their day-out on the trains.


Another prominent RVR member, Byron Littlewood, pictured on the ramp to Platform 4, en-route to join a Worth Valley Line train.





















A Northern Skipton - Leeds EMU calls at Platform 1

A Northern Carlisle-bound train passing under the road bridge at Keighley but the rail journey would be truncated at Settle due to engineering work on the S&C




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