Starting to get my housing stuff in order, and looking at plane tickets. Looks like the easiest (not to mention most fun) way to get to Preston will be to fly into Heathrow and take BritRail to Preston. Lots of scenery and lots of down time. Perhaps it will be similar to the Hogwarts Express. Mmmm, pumpkin juice and cauldron cakes.
Anyway, everything is falling in to place it seems!