Carlisle and Port Carlisle Railway
and Dock Company
This line is closed.
A Canal ran from Carlisle to Port Carlisle
- the railway was built on top of it. Much of the line runs by the shifting
sands of the Solway firth - a still wild and beautiful area when it's sunny;
you can see the coast of Scotland just over a mile away.
Canal built, Newcastle
and Carlisle Railway opened, Canal Closed, Canal converted into a railway
(exchange sidings with N&C Rly at Canal Yard). Railway extended to Silloth
Harbour opened, Lancaster
and Carlisle Railway opened, Caledonian
Railway opened, Silloth line absorbed by North
British Railway for
opening of Border
Union Railway, Solway viaduct opened,
Solway viaduct closed, Silloth Railway closed, Canal shed closed, Border
Union Railway closed.
Description of route
This line ran from Carlisle to Port Carlisle.
(Newcastle and Carlisle Railway)
Port Carlisle Junction
(Border Union Railway)
Although often described as cramped, this shed's
site was large and it's location is now a very large weed-strewn area with occasional
bricks and sandstone blocks. The shed (and signalbox) was located in the "V"
of the junction of the Silloth line and the Border
Union Railway, the Border
Union Railway crossing the River Eden on a viaduct shortly after the junction.
The shed was located at the top of a steep embankment to the south of the river.
Slowly the industrial estate sprawl of Carlisle
is getting closer to this point - will it eventually cover it?
To gain access follow the Industrial estate
access road (closer to the town than the Hospital access road). The road will
eventually turn right and start heading for open grass by the river - there
is a dirt track (driveable) off to the left which takes one to near the viaduct
on the Border Union Railway. At the end there is a dirt car-park used by fishermen.
The shed closed before the Border
Union Railway, the locomotives being kept at Kingmoor shed for the last
Page created on 20/01/1998
Page last edited on: 07/08/2011
Contact: Ewan Crawford