The Friends of St Anne’s Library (FoSAL) are to be commended for organising what proved to be a popular talk on the development of the railways of the Fylde coast. Delivered by Lytham Heritage member Roy Winter, the talk, was well received and led to some very interesting discussions and during the refreshment break as local railway enthusiasts exchanged information and knowledge.
By delving into the past, Roy succeeded in explaining why the lines developed where they did and why, and how we have come to inherit the ‘anomalies’ of the remaining station locations and past closures.
Meeting up with others and exchanging contact details has facilitated the sharing of information and images of various stations along the line. Thanks go to David Hoyle and Mick Downer of the Lytham Archive.
Roy’s talk covered all the dates, facts and figures and details the ambitions of the local landowners who facilitated the development of Fylde’s railways by providing land for railway purposes.
The story of the development of St Anne’s via the railway line was very apt as this year St. Anne’s Station celebrates its 150th Anniversary with several events and activities planned over the coming months.