Garstang and Knot End Railway

Introduction

This was a single track railway opened in 1870 between Garstang and Catterall, on the Lancaster and Preston Junction Railway, and Pilling. It did not reach Knott End itself.



The line was later extended to Knott End by the Knott End Railway in 1908 which also took over the earlier line.






Locations along the line

These locations are along the line.

This station on the main line was the junction for the line to Knott End. The two lines ran north for some distance before the branch ran to Garstang Town.
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See also
Lancaster and Preston Junction Railway
A very clean looking 66175 heads south at Garstang with a Mossend to Daventry service on 14th April 2020. The previous month the locomotive had been ...
Mark Bartlett 14/04/2020
DRS 88002 is about to cross Brock Bridge with the Daventry to Mossend intermodal service on 30 April 2019. ...
John McIntyre 30/04/2019
TPE 397003 in bright winter sunshine at Garstang and Catterall, working empty stock from Preston to Glasgow on 29th November 2019. ...
Mark Bartlett 29/11/2019
DRS 66302 appears to have been commandeered from RHTT duties to haul this late running Mossend to Daventry intermodal on 29th November 2019. The ...
Mark Bartlett 29/11/2019
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This was an island platform station. It was located in Garstang, unlike the older Garstang and Catterall station which was further east. Access to the island platform was by lattice footbridge.
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A section of Garstang and Knott End trackbed has been taken over by gardens just to the west of Garstang Town, but one enterprising householder bought ...
Mark Bartlett 21/03/2020
A railway photograph - honest! See image 60695 taken around sixty years earlier from this spot, which is the site of Garstang Town station. Apart ...
Mark Bartlett 25/12/2019
View towards the main line junction on the old G&KER embankment at Garstang on 4th April 2020. The last goods train left Garstang Town in 1965 so it ...
Mark Bartlett 04/04/2020
The G&KER cutting near the WCML is gradually reverting to nature See image 18535 from 2008. A public footpath crosses the cutting at right angles ...
Mark Bartlett 10/03/2019
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This two platform station had a loop and was located on the single track Knott End line. To the immediate west was a level crossing, the loop completing on the west side. There was a goods yard at the east end, accessed by a reversing spur from the down loop.
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The Lancaster Canal celebrated the bi-centenary of its opening to Kendal in 2019 and there were a number of commemorative events, such as the ...
Mark Bartlett 12/04/2020
Black 5 45449 waits for the gates at Nateby Crossing Lane to be secured before continuing with a trip working to Pilling in the early 1960s. 1963 saw ...
Knott End Collection //
One of the few discernible stretches of trackbed on the old Knott End line is at Nateby but it has been turned into a farm access road as seen here. ...
Mark Bartlett 21/01/2012
These tank traps, presumably around 75 years old, sit alongside the Lancaster Canal near Nateby Hall. The upper picture shows the point where the trap ...
Mark Bartlett 13/02/2016
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A 2020 view looking west towards Pilling at the site of Cogie Hill Crossing and Halt, together with an extract from the 1912 25inch OS Map. The line ...
Mark Bartlett 10/08/2020
The extended former crossing keeper^s cottage at Cogie Hill, looking towards Garstang, in January 2020. Trains crossed the road at an oblique angle so ...
Mark Bartlett 30/01/2020
Cogie Hill Halt (SD 446468) Cogie Hill Crossing Cottage looking towards Nateby and Garstang. ...
Mark Bartlett 16/02/2008
An unidentified LMS Black 5 crossing the minor road at Cogie Hill with a goods train returning from Pilling towards Garstang, probably sometime in the ...
Knott End Collection //
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There was never much infrastructure at Cockerham Cross, just a low sleeper platform that would have been on the right on this side of the crossing. ...
Mark Bartlett 30/01/2020
Cockerham Cross was a wayside halt on the Garstang & Knott End Railway between Nateby and Pilling. The 1915 timetable shows trains stopping on request ...
Mark Bartlett 21/01/2012
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There are several old crossing keepers cottages that mark the route of the old G&KER, including this one at Garstang Road on the outskirts of Pilling. ...
Mark Bartlett 17/02/2019
Garstang Road Halt (SD 423476) on the outskirts of Pilling village was a late opening in 1923 and closed in 1930. The crossing keepers cottage is ...
Mark Bartlett 16/02/2008
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An old platelayers hut still stands on the trackbed immediately to the east of the Pilling station site. It is in good condition and appears to have ...
Knott End Collection 25/11/2017
This Hudswell Clarke 0-6-0ST (1885/1955) has been cosmetically restored and is displayed at the entrance to the caravan site that is built on the ...
Mark Bartlett 29/01/2015
Pilling Station (SD 413478) opened in 1870 only to close in 1872. It opened again in 1875 as the Knott End railway although Pilling would be the ...
Mark Bartlett 16/02/2008
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