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Northern Opens £23m Blackburn Depot As Part Of Great North Rail Project

The title of this post is the same as this article in Rail Technology Magazine. This is said.

Northern and Network Rail have spent £23m on a new train maintenance depot in Blackburn, opened by rail minister Paul Maynard last week.

The facility has been built with a range of modern equipment and will be used to maintain as many as 30 diesel trains.

In addition to the new King Street Depot, Northern will also open a new operations building opposite Blackburn station. The two facilities are part of NR’s Great North Rail Project, which is expected to invest more than £1bn in improvements by 2022.

It certainly looks like Network Rail and Northern are preparing well for more services in the North West.

I took this picture as I passed on my way to Manchester Victoria, soon after I left Blackburn station.

This Google Map shows the location of the depot with respect to Blackburn station.


  • Blackburn station is in the North-East corner of the map.
  • Burnley is to the North-East and Preston to the South West.
  • The traincare depot was being built, when this map was taken and is to the right of the red arrow on the map.


From the picture, it would appear that trains have to go into and out of the depot in the Blackburn direction.

But if most trains start and finish their journeys at the station, that probably isn’t a problem.

Good points include.

  • At least though the depot is probably within walking distance of the busy station and trains won’t have to go long distances to be services and refuelled.
  • There would appear to be plenty of space.
  • The depot is ready for Northern‘s new Class 195 diesel multiple units.

Will the depot be used to refuel thew Class 769 trains, if they work through Blackburn?

November 26, 2017 - Posted by | Transport | , ,

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