Bay Horse railway station

Bay Horse railway station

Infobox UK disused station| name = Bay Horse| manager = London and North Western Railway | locale = Bay Horse| borough = City of Lancaster| platforms = 2 |

caption = | line = Lancaster and Preston Junction Railway| latitude = 53.9700 | longitude = -2.7748 | gridref =
years = 1840| events = Opened| years1 = | events1 = | years2 = | events2 = | years5 = 13 June 1960| events5 = Closed

Bay Horse railway station (also known as Bayhorse station) was a rural station in Lancashire, England. It was named after the nearby "Bay Horse Inn", and later the small hamlet of Bay Horse developed around the station.

The station opened in 1840 on the Lancaster and Preston Junction Railway, by a level-crossing on Whams Lane. Many years later, the road was diverted convert|100|yd|-2 north to pass under the railway by bridge.

In the 1840s, Jack Smith, an engine driver frustrated by having to wait every Sunday for the level crossing gate to be opened, carried out his threat to drive through the closed gate. Unfortunately, the impact was sufficient to derail the small engine, although nobody was injured.Hewitson, A. (1900) "Northward", [ extract] accessed online 24 August 2007]

A much more serious accident occurred on 21 August 1848, when a northbound stnlnk|Euston to Glasgow express ploughed into the back of a local train stopped at the station. A woman was killed and about twenty passengers were injured. The woman's 18 month old child was thrown out of the carriage window but was barely injured.Hewitson, A. (1900) "Northward", [ extract] accessed online 24 August 2007] [Greville, M.D. and Holt, G.O. (1960) PDFlink| [ "Railway Development in Preston—1"] , "Railway Magazine", vol 106, Feb 1960 no 706, p.101]

On 24 October 1861, a northbound mail train collided with a goods train at the station, but only a driver, fireman and one passenger were injured.Hewitson, A. (1900) "Northward", [ extract] accessed online 24 August 2007]

The station closed on 13 June 1960, the last but one to close on the Preston to Lancaster section of the West Coast Main Line. [Welch, M.S. (2004) "Lancashire Steam Finale", Runpast Publishing, Cheltenham, ISBN 1 870754 61 1, p.2]


rail line
route=Lancaster and Preston Junction Railway


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