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
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
195115, working from Manchester Airport to Barrow, drops down the bank at Lancaster passing the site of Lancaster Old Junction on 14th October 2019. ...
Mark Bartlett 14/10/2019
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This is a five platform station.
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Glasson Dock Branch (London and North Western Railway)
Delivery of the three-car CAF 195s seems to be nearing completion. Here is 195130, from a planned sub-class of thirty three units, on test at ...
Mark Bartlett 04/10/2019
Dusk at Lancaster on Saturday 18th January 2020, but just enough light to capture four Freightliner 66s heading from Crewe to Carlisle New Yard. The ...
Mark Bartlett 18/01/2020
Freightliner 66607 takes the Up Through line at Lancaster (Castle) heading from Hardendale to Tunstead on 23rd October 2019. In Platform 3 195125 ...
Mark Bartlett 23/10/2019
The last Fellsman of the 2017 season was entrusted to 8F 2-8-0 48151, seen here making a very spirited climb of the bank out of Lancaster on ...
Mark Bartlett 29/08/2017
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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
A bit of autumn sunshine as a nine-car Virgin Pendolino heads north at Morecambe South Junction on 28th October 2019. The signal (PN253) controlling ...
Mark Bartlett 28/10/2019
A recent transfer from Scotrail to Northern, 158867 is still in Saltire livery and was on driver training duties between Preston and Carnforth ...
Mark Bartlett 30/04/2019
A light load for DRS 66428 as it makes its way from Kingmoor to Crewe with a single DBSO, 9704, seen passing Morecambe South Junction on 11th May ...
Mark Bartlett 11/05/2018
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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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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
Some of the Class 144 Pacers are reported to be moving to Transport for Wales to strengthen Valley Lines services when released from Northern in 2019. ...
Mark Bartlett 09/12/2018
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Another TPE test run is propelled past Cinderbarrow, near Burton and Holme, by 68025 'Superb'. The train was working from Carlisle to Bletchley having ...
Mark Bartlett 25/06/2019
After several months of individual running the new TPE Class 397 EMUs are now being tested in pairs. Units 003 and 004 were working in multiple when ...
Mark Bartlett 25/06/2019
Very near to Burton and Holme station See image 22857 one of the lanes from Burton passes through this tunnel under the embankment that carries ...
Mark Bartlett 14/03/2009
A northbound Voyager catches the sun as it passes through southern Cumbria, close to the former station at Burton and Holme, on 18 February 2012. See ...
John McIntyre 18/02/2012
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195107 hurries past the feeder station at Elmsfield, near Milnthorpe, with a Windermere to Manchester Airport service on a bitterly cold 12th February ...
Mark Bartlett 12/02/2020
DRS 66303, with a Daventry to Coatbridge container service, runs north between the bridges at Elmsfield on 16th June 2015. The land in the foreground ...
Mark Bartlett 16/06/2015
LMS Jubilee no.45690 Leander hauls a railtour south at Elmsfield on the WCML between Oxenholme and Carnforth on 12 September 2015. ...
John McIntyre 12/09/2015
A Pendolino runs through the reverse curves between Hincaster Junction and Milnthorpe, Cumbria, on 17th September 2018 with an Edinburgh to Euston ...
Mark Bartlett 17/09/2018
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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
Looking south at Hincaster Junction on 5th October 2018 as TPE 350410 heads for Glasgow. Prior to electrification this would have been a view of a ...
Mark Bartlett 05/10/2018
An Edinburgh bound Pendolino speeds past Hincaster Junction on 5th October 2018. The buildings on the left were originally used for transferring ...
Mark Bartlett 05/10/2018
Plaque at the western entrance to the Hincaster canal tunnel, disused since around 1947 although there are formative plans to reopen the section of ...
Mark Bartlett 01/11/2008
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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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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
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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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
90019 drifts through the Lune Gorge at Dillicar with the evening mail train from Shieldmuir to Willesden on 23rd July 2019. This comprises 3x325 EPUs ...
Mark Bartlett 23/07/2019
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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
Coal empties approaching Tebay. ...
Ewan Crawford //
Pendolino 390128 speeds northwards at Tebay on 221016. The train is just passing the poignant memorial to the four railway workers killed here on 15th ...
Mark Bartlett 22/10/2016
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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
Part way down the long descent of Shap Bank, TPE 350410 passes Scout Green on 19 September with a service from Scotland to Manchester Airport. ...
Mark Bartlett 19/09/2014
68003 Astute drops cautiously down Shap Bank, passing the site of Scout Green signal box, with the evening flasks from Sellafield to Crewe on ...
Mark Bartlett 24/07/2019
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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) //
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
Train locomotive and banker both working hard climbing Shap in the 1960s. ...
Robin Barbour Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) //
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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) //
An unidentified 'Britannia' Pacific climbing Shap with a 10-coach train unassisted in the 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
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
Ex LMS black fives 44871+45407 heading south on 1z63 Winter Cumbrian Mountain Express from Carlisle to Manchester. ...
Ken Browne 23/01/2016
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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
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) //
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 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 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
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
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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Wigan based Black 5 45026 in the shed yard at Upperby in the summer of 1960. ...
K A Gray 30/07/1960
Locomotives on shed at Carlisle Upperby on 30 July 1960 include Fowler 4F 0-6-0 44490. ...
K A Gray 30/07/1960
LMS Jinty 47269 on Upperby shed in the summer of 1962. ...
John Robin 24/06/1962
The shed yard at Upperby on 5 August 1960, with Widnes based Stanier 8F 2-8-0 no 48139 one of the guests. ...
K A Gray 05/08/1960
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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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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
Carlisle station is currently almost unrecognizable, being clad in scaffolding to allow refurbishment of the glass roof. ...
Ken Strachan 01/08/2017
The 0837 Glasgow Central - London St Pancras waiting to leave Carlisle on a grey Saturday morning in August 1965. Locomotive in charge is Black 5 ...
K A Gray 14/08/1965
Kingmoor Black 5 no 45279 seen here after taking over train 1S67, the Saturday down relief Thames-Clyde Express, at Carlisle platform 3 on 5 ...
K A Gray 05/08/1967
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