The Cumbrian Coast Railway

The Furness Railway and the Cumbrian Coast Railway

The Furness Railway runs along the coast of Cumbria, starting at Lancaster in Lancashire, then via Carnforth (Lancashire) , Arnside, and Grange-over-Sands to Barrow-in-Furness. The Cumbrian Coast Railway continues along the coast from Barrow-in-Furness via Millom, Ravenglass, Whitehaven and Workington to Carlisle.

Grange-over-Sands Station.
Grange-over-Sands Station

The stations in bold are staffed stations, the others unstaffed and with trains stopping at the request of the passenger.

The Furness Line

  • Lancaster
  • Carnforth
  • Silverdale
  • Arnside Railway Station
  • Grange-over-Sands
  • Kents Bank
  • Cark
  • Ulverston
  • Dalton
  • Roose
  • Barrow-in-Furness

The Cumbrian Coast Line

At Ravenglass Station. Photo by Jan Fialkowski

Carlisle is a major interchange, with the West Coast Main Line Railway from London to Glasgow, calling at 3 stations in Cumbria – Oxenholme, Penrith and Carlisle. It is also the northern end of the famous Carlisle to Settle Railway. There is the Tyne Valley Line to Newcastle, via Wetheral and Brampton, and a line to Dumfries and south eastern Scotland.
Lancaster is also an interchange with the West Coast Main Line.
At Ravenglass there is an interchange to the miniature Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway. This is the only remaining interchange on the line apart from at each end, though there used to be many branch lines venturing inland – including the Railways of the Cleator Moor area.
A number of photographers have supplied photographs of Tornado and Duke of Gloucester steam specials along the Cumbrian Coast.

On 14 April 2010, the newly built steam engine 60163 Tornado made a tour of Cumbria – travelling up the Cumbria Coast Railway, then back south over the Carlisle to Settle Railway. Various photographers sent pictures from all along the route.

Whitehaven Station – 71000 Duke of Gloucester – 8th Mar 2008. Photo by Jan Fialkowski

At Whitehaven the original fine Furness Railway station building erected by Paley & Austin of Lancaster was demolished in 1981 and replaced with the soulless structure we see here today.
Several other large stations – such as Maryport – have been replaced with small and simple structures, and many of the station buildings that do still exist are no longer used as such.
South of Ulverston the Leven Viaduct carries the Carnforth to Barrow section of the Furness railway over the River Leven estuary.
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