Lancashire Union Railway


  /03/1861[South Durham and Lancashire Union Railway]
Barnard Castle to Barras opened.
  /08/1861[South Durham and Lancashire Union Railway]
Tebay to Barras opened. Line opened throughout.
09/06/1862[Eden Valley Railway]
Opened from Kirkby Stephen ([South Durham and Lancashire Union Railway]) to Clifton (just south of Penrith [Lancaster and Carlisle Railway], the junction originally faced south). Engineer: {Thomas Bouch}.
30/06/1862[South Durham and Lancashire Union Railway]
Absorbed by [Stockton and Darlington Railway].
  /  /1874[South Durham and Lancashire Union Railway]
Much of route between Tebay and Barnard Castle doubled. The whole of the route between Kirkby Stephen and Barnard Castle was doubled - this involved the re-construction of a number of viaducts which were built next to the original ones.
  /  /1952[South Durham and Lancashire Union Railway]
Tebay to Kirkby Stephen closed to passengers. Diverted (and tour) passenger trains still use the route. Passenger trains continue to use the [Eden Valley Railway] from Penrith to Kirkby Stephen and continue to Barnard Castle.
  /  /1961[South Durham and Lancashire Union Railway]
Tebay to Kirkby Stephen closed.
22/01/1962[Eden Valley Railway]
[South Durham and Lancashire Union Railway]
Barnard Castle to Kirkby Stephen to Penrith (Eden Valley Junction) closed to passengers.
22/01/1962[South Durham and Lancashire Union Railway]
Hartley (excluded) to Barnard Castle (Tees Valley Junction) (excluded) closed completely.
  /  /1963[South Durham and Lancashire Union Railway]
Belah viaduct, on Kirkby Stephen to Barnard Castle line, demolished for scrap - poem found in a support column.
  /  /1970[South Durham and Lancashire Union Railway]
Hartley to Kirkby Stephen closed completely.

Portions of line and locations

This line is divided into a number of portions.

St Helens to Adlington

A service for Liverpool Lime Street arrives at Garswood station on 3 February 2015. ...
John McIntyre 03/02/2015

The former Red Rock station, on the line that ran north east from Boar's Head on the WCML to Adlington Junction. The old building, seen here on 2 ...
John McIntyre 02/03/2010

Chorley to Blackburn

A Northern Manchester to Blackpool service approaches Chorley on the evening of 14 May 2016. Major engineering work is scheduled for every weekend and ...
John McIntyre 14/05/2016
Unbranded 319373 calls at Chorley, late in the afternoon of 25 February 2019 whilst working a Northern service to Manchester. ...
John McIntyre 25/02/2019
A Northern service to Buxton has departed from Chorley heading towards Bolton on 03 June 2016. The former goods yard was on the right but part of it ...
John McIntyre 03/06/2016
Weekend reconstruction work on Chorley station is continuing with both lines now relaid and the down platform face still being rebuilt. On 11 ...
John McIntyre 11/09/2016

A remarkable transformation has taken place at Heapey since closure of the direct Blackburn to Chorley line in 1960. The original two storey building ...
Mark Bartlett 07/09/2009

Looking along the trackbed towards Withnell station site under a significant three arched occupation bridge on 17 February 2019. The trackbed for ...
John McIntyre 17/02/2019
A view to the south-west from the road bridge on the A675 of the former station at Withnell, now a private residence, in February 2019. The two ...
John McIntyre 17/02/2019
Withnell station closed in 1960, although goods trains from Blackburn to Chorley and Wigan continued to pass through for a further six years. The ...
Mark Bartlett 26/05/2009

The direct line from Blackburn to Chorley closed to passengers on 4 January 1960 and, almost fifty years later, the viaduct at Feniscowles still spans ...
Mark Bartlett 04/12/2009
Housing covers much of the Chorley to Blackburn line's formation around Feniscowles, including the station site, but a bridge abutment survives next ...
Mark Bartlett 04/12/2009

The Fellsman railtour returning to Lancaster on 29 July 2015, with 46115 Scots Guardsman passing through Cherry Tree, heading for ...
John McIntyre 29/07/2015
A Northern service from Colne to Blackpool South calls at Cherry Tree on 26 October 2011. ...
John McIntyre 26/10/2011
Stanier 8F 2-8-0 no 48151 storms west through Cherry Tree station heading towards Preston on the 'Diamond Jubilee Fellsman' railtour from Carlisle on ...
John McIntyre 06/06/2012
The next stop at Mill Hill is in sight (just by the distant bridge) as 142048 leaves Cherry Tree heading for Blackburn and Colne on a gloomy day. The ...
Mark Bartlett 04/12/2009

Bryn Branch

Boar^s Head Branch