Lancaster and Carlisle Railway



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Takes over the Lancaster Canal, and thus the Lancaster and Preston Junction Railway. Services to the south from Lancaster Penny Lane diverted to Lancaster Castle.
  /  /1844Lancaster and Carlisle Railway
Line authorised.
12/07/1844Lancaster and Carlisle Railway
Cutting of first sod.
  /  /1846Lancaster and Carlisle Railway
Line opened. The line does not have a Carlisle terminus. In Carlisle the line joins the Newcastle and Carlisle Railway at London Road Junction [Carlisle]. The N&C's passenger terminus, Carlisle London Road, could be reached by reversal.
01/09/1847Caledonian Railway Lancaster and Carlisle Railway
Carlisle Citadel opened. The short Maryport and Carlisle Railway branch to Carlisle Crown Street is crossed, on the level, by the Lancaster and Carlisle Railway on its approach to the new Carlisle Citadel. This approach had crossed the Newcastle and Carlisle Railway on the level too, just to the south east.
10/05/1857Caledonian Railway Lancaster and Carlisle Railway
The Caledonian Railway and Lancaster and Carlisle Railway make the ^Citadel Station Agreement^ for Carlisle Citadel.
10/09/1859Lancaster and Carlisle Railway London and North Western Railway
Lancaster and Carlisle Railway leased by the London and North Western Railway.
  /  /1861Caledonian Railway Lancaster and Carlisle Railway
Agreement to enlarge Carlisle Citadel station, owned by the Caledonian Railway and Lancaster and Carlisle Railway. A joint committee is to be created which will include the Glasgow and South Western Railway, Maryport and Carlisle Railway and North British Railway.
09/06/1862Eden Valley Railway
Opened from Kirkby Stephen (South Durham and Lancashire Union Railway) to Clifton [Moor] (just south of Penrith on the Lancaster and Carlisle Railway, the junction giving access to the south). Engineer: Thomas Bouch.
  /  /1863Eden Valley Railway
Opening of a curve from Weatherriggs Junction to meet the Lancaster and Carlisle Railway at Eden Valley Junction, and opening of Clifton [Moor] station on the curve.
  /  /1868Settle and Carlisle Line (Midland Railway)
An agreement with the London and North Western Railway is reached over use of the Ingleton Branch (London and North Western Railway) and Lancaster and Carlisle Railway by the Midland Railway. The route would involve the North Western Railway. The Midland Railway tries to abandon the Settle and Carlisle Line (Midland Railway). The North British Railway and the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway block the abandonment.
08/07/1877Lancaster and Carlisle Railway London and North Western Railway
The London and North Western Railway opens a new southern approach to Carlisle Citadel, London and North Western Railway No 1 Approach Line.
  /  /1878Lancaster and Carlisle Railway London and North Western Railway
Lancaster and Carlisle Railway vested into the London and North Western Railway.
  /  /1879Lancaster and Carlisle Railway London and North Western Railway
Lancaster and Carlisle Railway fully amalgamated with the London and North Western Railway.
  /  /1888Lancaster and Carlisle Railway Caledonian Railway
Involved in the railway races to Edinburgh in July and August!
  /  /1970Caledonian Railway Lancaster and Carlisle Railway Lancaster and Preston JunctionRailway Preston and Wigan Railway Wigan Branch Railway Warrington and Newton Railway Grand Junction Railway
Weaver Junction (south of Warrington) to Glasgow electrification authorised.
06/05/1974Lancaster and Carlisle Railway Lancaster and Preston Junction Railway Preston and Wigan Railway
Electric services begin.

Locations along the line

These locations are along the line.

This was the junction between the approach to the original Lancaster [1st] terminus of 1840 and the extension north by the Lancaster and Carlisle Railway of 1846 which left the old terminus on a short branch.
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Lancaster and Preston Junction Railway
The second of consecutive northbound freights at Lancaster Old Junction on 12th January 2021 was Colas 70802 with late running log empties from Chirk ...
Mark Bartlett 12/01/2021
It looks like DRS 66432 and 66422 were on RHTT duties before being used for the northbound ^Tesco^ on 12th January 2021 and a low winter sun ...
Mark Bartlett 12/01/2021
Recent cutting back of trees on the bank to the south of Lancaster has opened up the previously inaccessible site of Lancaster Old Junction. In this ...
Mark Bartlett 14/10/2019
37402 Stephen Middlemore 23.12.1954 - 8.6.2013, working a passenger service from Preston to Barrow-in-Furness, drops down the bank passing the ...
Mark Bartlett 19/10/2016
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This is a five platform station.
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Glasson Dock Branch (London and North Western Railway)
TPE 397004 slows to call at Lancaster, working from Lime Street to Glasgow Central on 9th March 2021. The train is crossing a particularly pleasant ...
Mark Bartlett 09/03/2021
With a southbound Pendolino in platform 4 a Network Rail test train passes Lancaster on the Down Main heading to Carlisle on the afternoon of 27 ...
John McIntyre 27/09/2016
Most of the Avanti Voyagers are still in Virgin red and silver but 221101, which briefly carried a revised Virgin scheme, has been completely ...
Mark Bartlett 31/08/2020
397007 pauses at Lancaster with a TPE Liverpool to Glasgow service on 31st August 2020. This was my first visit to Lancaster station since the March ...
Mark Bartlett 31/08/2020
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221104 and 221117 form 9M54, an Avanti Edinburgh to Euston service, passing Morecambe South Junction on a bright 7th December 2020. ...
Mark Bartlett 07/12/2020
Pacers were used on Lancaster to Morecambe services from their introduction until the majority were withdrawn from Northern service. In its last year ...
Mark Bartlett 30/04/2019
And the Pacers have suddenly become scarce. Single cars 153328 and 153331 double up on a Morecambe to Leeds service near Morecambe South Junction on ...
Mark Bartlett 20/12/2019
With the arrival of further Class 90s the Freightliner Class 86s are rare daylight sights in the North West of England so 86608, working light engine ...
Mark Bartlett 07/12/2020
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Date of change of name assumed.
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Morecambe Branch (London and North Western Railway)


37405 powers north through Hest Bank on 8th March 2018 with the daily Preston to Barrow-in-Furness service. ...
Tony Jenkinson 08/03/2018
37403 ^Isle of Mull^ runs north through Hest Bank with the 1004hrs Preston to Barrow-in-Furness on 31st May 2017. ...
Tony Jenkinson 31/05/2017
Portrait of a veteran. DRS 37059 leads three flasks from Heysham along the Bare Lane to Hest Bank chord on 12th April 2017. The former D6759 ...
Mark Bartlett 12/04/2017
DRS 37609 brings up the rear of a two flask train from Heysham to Sellafield on 5th April 2017. The train is running along the chord from Bare Lane ...
Mark Bartlett 05/04/2017
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An Avanti Pendolino runs south between Bolton-le-Sands and Hest Bank with a Christmas Eve Glasgow to Euston service. This view taken from the towpath ...
Mark Bartlett 24/12/2020
47760 accelerates hard through Bolton-le-Sands with the slightly delayed ECS from Carnforth to Lancaster for a Santa Special on 9th December ...
Mark Bartlett 09/12/2018
A Pendolino, heading for Glasgow, passes through open Lancashire countryside on a low embankment as it approaches the level crossing at ...
Mark Bartlett 28/01/2019
Neville Hill based Pacer 144005 runs south through Bolton-le-Sands with a Leeds to Morecambe service on 28th January 2019 ...
Mark Bartlett 28/01/2019
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DB 66017 drops down from Oxenholme to Carnforth passing the engineering access point at Cinderbarrow with a Mossend to Daventry intermodal on 5th ...
Mark Bartlett 05/12/2020
DB 66097 heads north through Burton and Holme with a Daventry to Mossend intermodal on 22nd August 2020. ...
Mark Bartlett 22/08/2020
An Avanti Pendolino runs south at Burton and Holme on 5th September 2020, seen from the elevated towpath of the old Lancaster Canal. Old maps show a ...
Mark Bartlett 05/09/2020
A southbound TPE 397 passes the engineers^ access point at Yealand Road bridge, near Burton and Holme, on 8th August 2020. ...
Mark Bartlett 08/08/2020
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CAF 195128 runs down the long straight towards the overbridge at Elmsfield with a through train from Windermere to Preston on 27th September 2020. ...
Mark Bartlett 27/09/2020
Unbranded 390154, on a Sunday Glasgow to Euston service, heads south at Elmsfield near Milnthorpe on 27th September 2020. ...
Mark Bartlett 27/09/2020
On a surprisingly warm and sunny 27th September 2020, 195122 heads north at Elmsfield with a service from Preston for Windermere. At Oxenholme it had ...
Mark Bartlett 27/09/2020
This view from the main road shows the old entrance to Milnthorpe station goods yard. The horse tramway from Gatebeck Powder Works ran along here to ...
Mark Bartlett 11/10/2020
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390157 is climbing north towards Oxenholme passing through Hincaster on 28th November 2020. This rear car is directly over the top of the disused ...
Mark Bartlett 28/11/2020
195102, climbing towards Oxenholme for the Windermere branch in November 2020, passes the old goods shed at Hincaster Junction (See image 65972) ...
Mark Bartlett 28/11/2020
390043, on a Euston Glasgow service, climbs over the old Lancaster Canal tunnel at Hincaster on 28th November 2020. The tunnel is on the drained ...
Mark Bartlett 28/11/2020
On yellows, because of a late running Windermere bound Sprinter just ahead, 390107 climbs slowly past the old Hincaster Junction on the 9S55 Euston to ...
Mark Bartlett 12/07/2019
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TPE 185150 loads another set of passengers for Windermere in the back platform at Oxenholme on 7th July 2016. At this time masts were being erected ...
Mark Bartlett 07/07/2016
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390157 leans in to the reverse curves between Low Gill and Grayrigg loops on 23rd June 2020. It was around this time that the application of Avanti ...
Mark Bartlett 23/06/2020
88009 ^Diana^ leans into the curves between Grayrigg and Low Gill, hauling a Daventry to Mossend intermodal service, on 23rd June 2020. The signal ...
Mark Bartlett 23/06/2020
66107, working light engine Carlisle to Crewe, negotiates the sweeping curve between Low Gill and Grayrigg on 23rd June 2020. There was a momentary ...
Mark Bartlett 23/06/2020
A southbound Pendolino leans into the reverse curves between Low Gill and Grayrigg on a sunny July 2019 evening. The Howgill Fells form a magnificent ...
Mark Bartlett 23/07/2019
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A long way from the Channel Tunnel - 92037 heading South with containers past an NR acess point on 23rd May. ...
Ken Strachan 23/05/2014
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A Euston to Glasgow Pendolino leans into the curve at Dillicar, as it enters the Lune Gorge on 23rd June 2020. This was before the Avanti liverying ...
Mark Bartlett 23/06/2020
Broadside view of DB 66065 as it threads the Lune Gorge at Dillicar on 23rd June 2020, hauling a Seaforth to Mossend intermodal service. The separated ...
Mark Bartlett 23/06/2020
High above the river, a TPE Class 397 EMU runs through the very scenic Lune Gorge at Dillicar with a service from Manchester Airport on 23rd June ...
Mark Bartlett 23/06/2020
DB 66065 runs high above the River Lune at Dillicar, with an intermodal service from Seaforth to Mossend, on 23rd June 2020. ...
Mark Bartlett 23/06/2020
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This was a sizeable junction station. The line remains open but the station is long gone, closing in 1968. Little remains of the station other than an open area.
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A Trans-Pennine EMU, heading for Manchester Airport, drops down Shap bank on the evening of 23rd July 2019. The train is running through the shallow ...
Mark Bartlett 23/07/2019
A Pendolino begins the climb of Shap Bank approaching the cutting at Greenholme, between Tebay and Scout Green, on the evening of 23rd July 2019. ...
Mark Bartlett 23/07/2019
South of Tebay a track maintenance machine comes north by the River Lune and M6. It^s a curious livery with something a bit Irn Bru about it. ...
Ewan Crawford 14/04/2008
Coal empties approaching Tebay. ...
Ewan Crawford //
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390039, easily climbing the Shap gradient, passes Scout Green on a Euston to Glasgow service on 13th August 2020. ...
Mark Bartlett 13/08/2020
Stanier Jubilee 45690 ^Leander^ works hard on the climb up Shap at Scout Green with a railtour to Carlisle on 21st January 2017. ...
John McIntyre 21/01/2017
An engineers train hauled by EWS 66098 heads south at Scout Green in February 2007. ...
John McIntyre 18/02/2007
Electro-diesel 88003 ^Prometheus^ brings up the rear of a five-flask train dropping down Shap bank on the evening of 23rd July 2019. This was an ...
Mark Bartlett 23/07/2019
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A Glasgow to Euston Pendolino crosses the bridge at Shap Wells as it drops down from the Summit on a sunny July evening in 2019. ...
Mark Bartlett 23/07/2019
Black 5 no 45041 takes a train north near Shap Wells in the 1960s. ...
Robin Barbour Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) //
Train locomotive and banker both working hard climbing Shap in the 1960s. ...
Robin Barbour Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) //
A Fairburn 2-6-4T assists a Black 5 with a train near Shap Wells around 1965 [with thanks to Bill Jamieson]. ...
Robin Barbour Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) //1965
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Stanier 8F 48464 leaves a fine trail of smoke and steam as it climbs towards Shap from the north, shortly after daybreak on 1st July1967.
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Robin McGregor 01/07/1967
A northbound Pendolino passes the Hardendale limestone works, just to the south of Shap. The works sends a daily train of stone to Guide Bridge ...
Mark Bartlett 14/09/2018
A northbound parcels train ascending Shap in the sixties behind Black 5 no 45373. ...
Robin Barbour Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) //
Black 5 no 45415 with banking assistance on Shap in the early 1960s. ...
Robin Barbour Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) //
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Euston bound 390121 speeds past the Eden Goods Loop at Clifton and Lowther on 23rd October 2015. The tracks are widening at this point because they ...
Mark Bartlett 23/10/2015
The Entente Cordiale, a private charter from Carnforth to Spean Bridge, runs through Clifton and Lowther on 23rd October 2015. The train ...
Mark Bartlett 23/10/2015
A Super Voyager heads north along the WCML towards Penrith. The train has just passed under the A6 road in Clifton village and is now crossing the M6 ...
Mark Bartlett 04/02/2013
Clifton looking north to the former north facing junction for the Eden Valley Railway. To the south was the south facing junction. ...
Ewan Crawford //
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A southbound DRS container train waits in the Eden Valley loop just
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John McIntyre 30/05/2011
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An unidentified Brush Type 4 takes a northbound west coast main line express past the site of Eamont Bridge Junction on the approach to Penrith in ...
Colin Miller 25/09/1967
A northbound train speeds past Eamont Bridge Junction on the West Coast Main Line in September 1967 hauled by an EE Type 4 locomotive . ...
Colin Miller 25/09/1967
A northbound Brush Type 4 passes Eamont Bridge Junction in September 1967 with an Edinburgh/Glasgow train. ...
Colin Miller 25/09/1967
EE Type 4 no D335 heads north approaching Penrith at Eamont Bridge Junction in September 1967 hauling a partially-fitted mineral train.
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Colin Miller 25/09/1967
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350407 waits departure from Penrith North Lakes with a Glasgow Central to Manchester Airport service on 11th July 2019. ...
Alastair McLellan 11/07/2019
The comunity garden on the down platform at Penrith in July 2019. ...
Alastair McLellan 11/07/2019
Ex LMS black fives 44871+45407 heading south on 1z63 Winter Cumbrian Mountain Express from Carlisle to Manchester. ...
Ken Browne 23/01/2016
A TPE 350 EMU heads south over the M6 Motorway at Penrith with a Glasgow to Manchester Airport service on 20th October 2019. ...
Mark Bartlett 20/10/2019
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A interesting coffee stop just off the M6, some 4 miles north of Penrith, is the station site at Plumpton. The station itself has long gone (closed ...
John Furnevel 25/06/2011
BR Standard class 5 4-6-0 no 73099 with an up train passing Plumpton, north of Penrith, in the 1960s. See image 41265 ...
Robin Barbour Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) //
Black 5 no 45297 heads south with a train on the WCML near Plumpton on the approach to Penrith in the 1960s. See image 34843
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Robin Barbour Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) //
Black 5 no 45142 with an up freight near Plumpton, north of Penrith, in the 1960s. See image 23599 for the view north from the bridge. ...
Robin Barbour Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) //
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The ^Winter Cumbrian Coast Express^ heads northwards at Southwaite on 25 March 2017 with Royal Scot class no.46115 Scots Guardsman having ...
John McIntyre 25/03/2017
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The commemorative BR ticket read... A4 Preservation Society Tour - ^The Inaugural Run of Sir Nigel Gresley^.
No 4498 was photographed ...
Bruce McCartney 01/04/1967
The RCTS Rebuilt Scot Commemorative Rail Tour southbound from Carlisle on 13 February 1965 photographed running through Wreay cutting on its ...
Robin Barbour Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) 13/02/1965
Black 5 4-6-0 no 44731 with a southbound freight on the WCML, thought to have been photographed just south of Wreay around 1965. The freight is ...
Robin Barbour Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) //1965
EE Type 4 with a southbound WCML service passing through Wreay cutting, south of Carlisle, in February 1965.
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Robin Barbour Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) 13/02/1965
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Extremely dirty 12A Carlisle Kingmoor based BR 9F 2-10-0 92009 is seen standing on 12B Carlisle Upperby Shed in June 1967. ...
David Pesterfield 10/06/1967
An array of steam power at Carlisle Upperby in February 1963, as Black 5 44902 passes with a short local freight. Visible, in whole or in part, are ...
Robin McGregor 18/02/1963
Wigan based Black 5 45026 in the shed yard at Upperby in the summer of 1960. ...
K A Gray 30/07/1960
The ^Border Countryman^ railtour of 25th February 1967, with Jubilee 45562 ^Alberta^ in charge, reduces speed as it runs past Upperby on the approach ...
Robin McGregor 25/02/1967
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Britannia 70050 ^Firth of Clyde^ passing the sidings at Carlisle Upperby with a Crewe to Perth stock train in July 1964. ...
Bill Hamilton /07/1961
A Virgin Voyager heads south past a very quiet Upperby in August 2003, shortly after calling at Carlisle. ...
John Furnevel 29/08/2003
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Looking west at London Road Junction. ...
Ewan Crawford //
Voyager meets Pendolino on the WCML just south of Carlisle station. Below are the goods lines and to the right is the route from London Road Jct into ...
John Furnevel 18/04/2007
Looking east towards London Road Junction, Carlisle, on 12 April 2006. The line from Upperby still comes in from the right just before the road ...
John Furnevel 12/04/2006
A wet Friday afternoon in July 1969 at London Road Junction, Carlisle, where the N&C and S&C lines leave the city. An eastbound freight arriving from ...
John Furnevel 04/07/1969
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This shot turned into something of a panorama of the southern approaches to Carlisle, as they stood in 1965, but I can^t say it was planned as such. ...
Robin McGregor 06/08/1965
Upperby shed^s ^Jinty^ 0-6-0T no 47667 at Crown Street goods depot, Carlisle. The photograph is thought to have been taken on 6 April 1963. Crown ...
K A Gray 06/04/1963
Ivatt class 2MT 2-6-0 no 46455 brings a freight out of Crown Street goods depot, Carlisle, in July 1958 across a double track bridge spanning 3 sets ...
Robin Barbour Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) 05/07/1958
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Carlisle 31 October 2018. ...
John Yellowlees 31/10/2018
47703 ^The Queen Mother^ seen at Carlisle in October 1998. At the time the lady herself was still around and I am sure she was suitably flattered. ...
David Panton 16/10/1998
85012 enters Carlisle station with empty limestone hoppers from BSC Ravenscraig. In the left background is the chimney of Willow Holme power station. ...
Bill Roberton //1986
Carlisle station is currently almost unrecognizable, being clad in scaffolding to allow refurbishment of the glass roof. ...
Ken Strachan 01/08/2017
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