The Railways
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The North Union Railway
Although the Ribble was not officially navigable even as far as Penwortham old bridge, it was suitable for pleasure boating along the stretch from Penwortham past Miller and Avenham Parks.
  Reggata near the North Union Viaduct  
This photograph, taken about 1890, shows a regatta, with the crews lined up outside the boat-house just below the North Union Railway viaduct.
  Boating near the North Union Viaduct  
The North Union Viaduct was widened with a steel addition in 1902 which can be clearly seen in this photograph, taken c.1905. In the corner of this picture you can see the "Pleasure Boat Inn", with the boats that were hired out by the landlord, Mr Crook. The inn is now called the "Continental".
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© Photographs: The collections of the Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston.