Volunteers aim to trace industrial heritage on Strand Road for Guild exhibition

Posted on - 18th February, 2012 - 2:22pm | Author - | Posted in - History, Preston News
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The former English Electric building on Strand Road

A project aiming to trace Preston’s industrial heritage is appealing for volunteers.


Made in Preston aims to tell the stories of those who worked on Strand Road pioneering electric tram and railway technologies.

Jayne Waring, one of the volunteers behind the research, said they hoped to speak to people who worked at Dick, Kerr Ltd and English Electric.

She said: “Whilst most of the production was done elsewhere, the design and development was mainly carried out at Strand Road.

“They supplied electric train equipment used all over the world, even into the nineteen eighties they were supplying electric traction motors for the whole of the Southern region.”

Ms Waring and her other volunteers are very interested in hearing from anyone who worked on the Deltic production.

They are hoping to have a number of Preston-built trains on show including the Netherland Railway 601, English Electric Battery 788 and the Deltic itself.

The volunteers are hoping to put together an exhibition to be part of the Guild celebrations in September.

Anyone who worked on Strand Road in the past or knows anyone who did is asked to contact Jayne on 01254-601641 or 07888795124 email

Image credit to Tony Worrall

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