On Saturday morning on 22nd June 2013, the ‘Changing Tracks’ project was officially launched at The Museum of Lancashire by County Councillor, Michael Devaney and County heritage manager, Bruce Jackson. There was a distinct feeling of excitement in the air, as a great deal of work and planning had gone into creating this fascinating and extraordinary project.Advertisement
Lancashire’s railways have played an important part in the development of the county since the first line was opened to Preston in 1838.
Running from June to November 2013, ‘Changing Tracks’ is an exciting programme of activities and events designed by Lancashire County Council’s Community Heritage team to celebrate the history and heritage of Lancashire’s railways since 1945.
‘Changing Tracks’ is a six month project which is spread all over the county at various venues. There will be something for everyone, young and old. All events are free unless otherwise stated in the information leaflets and the ‘Changing Tracks’ website. Events will include model railway displays, talks, films, tracking your ancestors sessions and walks. This is an ideal opportunity to participate in some quality entertainment with a range of activities for children at many venues across the county over the next six months.
Team Leader Marianne Howell told us that the project was the result of much hard work and dedication by the Lancashire County Council Community Heritage Team of which she is very proud to be part of.
You can find more information about ‘Changing Tracks’ events and venues at the Lancashire County Council Changing Tracks website or by obtaining information booklets at your local library or by telephone to the Community Heritage team on 01772 534 021.
Don’t forget to look out for ‘Ticket’, the Station Master’s dog at the events…He’s lost you know!
Review & photography by Paul D. Swarbrick & Gillian A. Lawson