Furness Railway

Introduction

This line is open. The line was based around Barrow-in-Furness but expanded to have links to Workington, Carnforth and beyond and branches to the lakes.






Dates

10/08/1857[Coniston Branch] ([Furness Railway])
Coniston Railway incorporated.
  /  /1859[Windermere Lakeside Branch] ([Furness Railway])
Opened from Ulverston to Windermere Lakeside
18/06/1859[Coniston Branch] ([Furness Railway])
Opened as a single track railway.
  /  /1909[Barry Dock and Railways]
Steamers sold. Gwalia sold to the [Furness Railway].
06/10/1958[Coniston Branch] ([Furness Railway])
Line closed to passengers.
30/04/1962[Coniston Branch] ([Furness Railway])
Line closed completely.

Portions of line and locations

This line is divided into a number of portions.


Kirkby Quarry to Piel

Opened 1846. An isolated railway at this stage.

With the Duddon estuary over the platform wall to the right, a Barrow to Carlisle service arrives at Kirkby-in-Furness on 11 March 2016. After ...
John McIntyre 11/03/2016
An afternoon Carlisle to Barrow service arrives at Kirkby-in-Furness on 11 March 2016 with DBSO 9710 leading and 'Concrete Bob' (aka 37425) providing ...
John McIntyre 11/03/2016
The Furness Fells of the Lake District form a back drop as DRS 68017 accelerates towards Foxfield after the Kirkby-in-Furness stop. The train is a ...
Mark Bartlett 13/03/2018


153301 and 153307 arrive at Askam with a Carlisle to Lancaster (via the Cumbrian coast) service on 14 June 2014. ...
John McIntyre 14/06/2014

Preserved B1 No. 61306 (it was never an LNER loco) leads ‘Flying Scotsman' round the sharp curve between Park South and Dalton Junctions, avoiding ...
Bill Jamieson 08/05/1976
View south from the level crossing at Park South, Cumbria. The
...
Mark Bartlett 04/11/2013
The Furness Railway signal box at Park South, which controls the junction, level crossing and associated semaphores. This view looks north towards ...
Mark Bartlett 04/11/2013



DRS 37425 Sir Robert McAlpine/Concrete Bob working the 2C47 Preston to Barrow-in-Furness service on 26th May 2017. Photographed from the ...
Mark Bartlett 26/05/2017
What appears to be the old Ulverston platform is visible in the undergrowth as the Preston to Barrow train rounds the curve at Furness Abbey on 13th ...
Mark Bartlett 13/11/2017
A Class 185 unit heads away from the camera towards Barrow-in-Furness as it passes the site of Furness Abbey station on 11 July 2016. The station ...
John McIntyre 11/07/2016
The daily Preston to Barrow-in-Furness push-pull nears its destination as it runs south through the site of Furness Abbey station on 26th October ...
Mark Bartlett 26/10/2015

The return trip from Carnforth to Carlisle via the Cumbrian Coast of the Class 37 Farewell special, on 11 January 2019, is seen passing Roose on the ...
John McIntyre 11/01/2019
Roose, on the outskirts of Barrow in Furness, has been reduced to basic facilities but still enjoys a reasonable service of trains between Barrow and ...
Mark Bartlett 17/01/2009







Dalton Branch

Opened 1846.


Dalton Junction signalbox, seen from the passing 2C47 Preston to Barrow-in-Furness service on 13th November 2017. 37402 is just passing the tracks ...
Mark Bartlett 13/11/2017
Line to left to Furness and the line to the right is the bypass for the Cumbrian Coast Railway. ...
Ewan Crawford //

The light in the rear cab of 37402 is visible as it heads through Dalton Tunnel on its way to Barrow-in-Furness with train 2C47 from Preston on 13th ...
Mark Bartlett 13/11/2017

Diesel loco No.2011 brings a train of visitors over a short elevated section on the South Lakeland Safari Zoo Railway and approaches the Restaurant ...
Mark Bartlett 22/08/2016
Harrington Hump (Long wheelbase variety). An extended version of the raised platforms in use on the Cumbrian Coast line has appeared at Dalton, ...
Mark Bartlett 28/04/2014
An immaculately turned out 37409 'Lord Hinton' heads the outward leg of the Carlisle to Carnforth special to mark the end of Class 37 services on the ...
John McIntyre 11/01/2019
Trains on the South Lakeland Zoo miniature railway at Dalton perform an out and back loop past the animal enclosures and then the locomotive is ...
Mark Bartlett 22/08/2016





Barrow Branch

Opened 1846 to Rabbit Hill, Barrow.

The return trip from Carnforth to Carlisle via the Cumbrian Coast of the Class 37 Farewell special, on 11 January 2019, is seen passing Roose on the ...
John McIntyre 11/01/2019
Roose, on the outskirts of Barrow in Furness, has been reduced to basic facilities but still enjoys a reasonable service of trains between Barrow and ...
Mark Bartlett 17/01/2009





Kirkby to Broughton

Opened 1848.

With the Duddon estuary over the platform wall to the right, a Barrow to Carlisle service arrives at Kirkby-in-Furness on 11 March 2016. After ...
John McIntyre 11/03/2016
An afternoon Carlisle to Barrow service arrives at Kirkby-in-Furness on 11 March 2016 with DBSO 9710 leading and 'Concrete Bob' (aka 37425) providing ...
John McIntyre 11/03/2016
The Furness Fells of the Lake District form a back drop as DRS 68017 accelerates towards Foxfield after the Kirkby-in-Furness stop. The train is a ...
Mark Bartlett 13/03/2018

High tide at the Kirkby Pool inlet as 37425 crosses the girder bridge with the 1437hrs service from Barrow to Carlisle on 25th October 2017. ...
Tony Jenkinson 25/08/2017
37425 heads for Carlisle, crossing the tidal inlet at Kirkby Pool just to the north of the station, on 16th May 2017. ...
Tony Jenkinson 17/05/2017
37403 takes the 1437hrs Barrow to Carlisle train over the tidal inlet at Kirkby Pool, near Kirkby-in-Furness, on 8th August 2016. ...
Tony Jenkinson 08/08/2016

Northern 156475 restarts from the Foxfield request stop with a Barrow to Workington service on 27 September. This station, in an exposed location on ...
Mark Bartlett 27/09/2014
Immediately north of Foxfield station the railway swings sharply to the west to cross the Duddon Estuary before turning south for Millom. 37401 is ...
Mark Bartlett 13/11/2017
37402 emerges from behind Foxfield signal box after calling with a Cumbrian Coast service from Barrow to Carlisle on 11th March 2017. ...
Mark Bartlett 11/03/2017
37403 Isle of Mull swings round the curve at Foxfield propelling the SO Carlisle to Lancaster train into the station on 24th March 2018. ...
Mark Bartlett 24/03/2018





Dalton to Ulverston

Op 1851 Dalton to Lindal Op 1852 Lindal to Ulverston Rd Op 1854 Ulverston Rd to Ulverston


The site of Lindal station, between Ulverston and Dalton, closed in 1951. In this 2014 view west towards Dalton the tracks diverge slightly but this ...
Mark Bartlett 10/03/2014
The Lakelander special from Euston to Sellafield drifts downhill at Lindal-in-Furness in May 1976 behind Nos. (6)1306 and 4472. The M&GNJRS ...
Bill Jamieson 08/05/1976
The '6000 Locomotive Association' railtour 'The STC Limited' ran from Cardiff to Carnforth on 8th May 1976. The train is seen here passing ...
Bill Jamieson 08/05/1976






Goldmire Junction to Dalton Junction

Opened 1858, the year after the Ulverston and Lancaster Railway and a few years after the Whitehaven and Furness Railway of 1850.

Dalton Junction signalbox, seen from the passing 2C47 Preston to Barrow-in-Furness service on 13th November 2017. 37402 is just passing the tracks ...
Mark Bartlett 13/11/2017
Line to left to Furness and the line to the right is the bypass for the Cumbrian Coast Railway. ...
Ewan Crawford //





Barrow Branch Extension

Op 1862 Rabbit hill to Strand Op 1864 Strand to Hawcoat Quarry







Stainton Quarries Extension

Op 1862 Rabbit hill to Strand Op 1864 Strand to Hawcoat Quarry






New Barrow Alignment

This new alignment was to the south and took the line closer to the docks. Op 1870 Roose to Strand - this new alignment leads to the closure of the original Rabbit Hill route. Op 1870 Loco junction to Dockyard junction to Channel Pier. Op 1872 Shipyard Jnct to Strand. Op 1873 Barrow goods. Op 1873 Salthouse Curve

The return trip from Carnforth to Carlisle via the Cumbrian Coast of the Class 37 Farewell special, on 11 January 2019, is seen passing Roose on the ...
John McIntyre 11/01/2019
Roose, on the outskirts of Barrow in Furness, has been reduced to basic facilities but still enjoys a reasonable service of trains between Barrow and ...
Mark Bartlett 17/01/2009

View of the Barrow Docks branch at Salthouse Junction from the 2C47 Preston to Barrow service on 13th November 2017. The line still sees traffic on an ...
Mark Bartlett 13/11/2017
Grab shot from a Barrow to Lancaster train showing the Ramsden Dock branch, leading away from Salthouse Junction near Roose. Despite the appearance of ...
Mark Bartlett 28/04/2014


42401 stands alongside 42432 in the shed yard at Barrow in the summer of 1960. ...
K A Gray 06/08/1960














Yarlside Branch

Opened 1873

The return trip from Carnforth to Carlisle via the Cumbrian Coast of the Class 37 Farewell special, on 11 January 2019, is seen passing Roose on the ...
John McIntyre 11/01/2019
Roose, on the outskirts of Barrow in Furness, has been reduced to basic facilities but still enjoys a reasonable service of trains between Barrow and ...
Mark Bartlett 17/01/2009





Stank Branch

Opened 1873.

View of the Barrow Docks branch at Salthouse Junction from the 2C47 Preston to Barrow service on 13th November 2017. The line still sees traffic on an ...
Mark Bartlett 13/11/2017
Grab shot from a Barrow to Lancaster train showing the Ramsden Dock branch, leading away from Salthouse Junction near Roose. Despite the appearance of ...
Mark Bartlett 28/04/2014





Ramsden Dock

Opened 1881.






Barrow Loop and New Station

Op 1882 Salthouse Jnct to Barrow station to Ormsgill Jnct to Oaklea Jnct to Park South Jnct.

View of the Barrow Docks branch at Salthouse Junction from the 2C47 Preston to Barrow service on 13th November 2017. The line still sees traffic on an ...
Mark Bartlett 13/11/2017
Grab shot from a Barrow to Lancaster train showing the Ramsden Dock branch, leading away from Salthouse Junction near Roose. Despite the appearance of ...
Mark Bartlett 28/04/2014


37 402 prepares to leave Barrow with a Carlisle service on 21st October 2016. ...
David Spaven 21/10/2016
37401 has just arrived from Carlisle in Platform 3 at Barrow-in-Furness, but had been delayed at Park South Junction waiting for the single line to ...
Mark Bartlett 13/11/2017
First TPE Class 185 waits to depart from Barrow in Furness on 14 June 2014 with a service to Preston. ...
John McIntyre 14/06/2014
37 401 at Barrow 13 July 2015. ...
Ian Dinmore 13/07/2015

Grab shot, from a service departing Barrow for Carlisle, showing 37402 and train making their way into the carriage sidings after arriving from ...
Mark Bartlett 13/03/2018








Barrow South Side Lines

Op 1899 Loco Junction and Parrock Hall Junction to Barrow South Side.