Lancaster and Carlisle Railway



Dates

  /  /    [Lancaster and Carlisle Railway]
Takes over the Lancaster Canal, and thus the [Lancaster and Preston Railway]. Services to the south from Lancaster Penny Lane diverted to Lancaster Castle.
  /  /1846[Lancaster and Carlisle Railway]
Line opened.
  /  /1888[Lancaster and Carlisle Railway]
[Caledonian Railway]
Involved in the railway races to Edinburgh!
  /  /1970[Caledonian Railway]
[Lancaster and Carlisle Railway]
[Lancaster and Preston Railway]
[Preston and Wigan Railway]
[Wigan Branch Railway]
[Warrington and Newton Railway]
[Grand Junction Railway]
Weaver Junction (south of Warrington) to Glasgow electrification authorised.
06/05/1974[Lancaster and Carlisle Railway]
[Lancaster and Preston 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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This is a five platform station.
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Large logo 37402, in Platform 5 at Lancaster station, waiting to form the last loco hauled service to Barrow-in-Furness on 19th May 2018 - the End of ...
Tony Jenkinson 19/05/2018
I wondered why my northbound Pendolino was diverted into Platform 4 at Lancaster and was pleasantly surprised that this was the reason. 35018 ...
G W Robin 02/12/2018
Melancholy Moment. DRS 37402 'Stephen Middlemore 23.12.54 - 8.6.2013' stands in Platform 5 at Lancaster (Castle) station waiting to form the ...
Tony Jenkinson 19/05/2018
A bright day in Lancaster but the low winter sun leaves the cutting in shade as 90046 and 90049 drop down the bank towards the station with a Daventry ...
Mark Bartlett 08/01/2019

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
37403 Isle of Mull accelerates away from the Lancaster stop and is seen approaching Morecambe South Junction with 2C47, the Preston to ...
Mark Bartlett 21/09/2017
1st April 2016 was the first day of operations for the new Arriva Northern franchise. A debranded 156444 leaves the Morecambe line at Morecambe South ...
Mark Bartlett 01/04/2016
Freightliner 66512 and 66562 double head a container train southwards at Morecambe South Junction on 18th April 2017. ...
Mark Bartlett 18/04/2017

Date of change of name assumed.
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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


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


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 the ...
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
Sixty years after closure in 1950 Burton and Holme station still stands alongside the West Coast mainline and is now a private residence. Situated ...
Mark Bartlett 14/03/2009

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
Colas 60087, with a Carlisle to Chirk log train on 16th June 2015, powers past the bridge at Elmsfield just south of Milnthorpe. The logs can be ...
Mark Bartlett 16/06/2015

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 5/10/2018
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
The east end of Hincaster tunnel under the WCML (which can just be made out above the tunnel entrance). Although this looks like a single track ...
John McIntyre 20/06/2009




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



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 a open area.
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Coal empties approaching Tebay. ...
Ewan Crawford //
72004, Clan Macdonald, then shedded at Polmadie (66A), undergoing maintenance at Tebay (11D) in July 1954. ...
Michael Green 14/05/2018
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
A pair of class 25s, with a northbound freight on the West Coast Main Line, passing Tebay in 1984
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Colin Alexander //1984

An engineers train hauled by EWS 66098 heads south at Scout Green in February 2007. ...
John McIntyre 18/02/2007
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
The first day of a railtour from Preston to Mallaig, The West Highlander on 10 September 2011, with Black 5 no.44932 working hard passing Scout Green ...
John McIntyre 10/09/2011
A northbound service passes the access point at Scout Green on its way north. ...
Ewan Crawford 12/04/2010

Black 5 no 45041 takes a train north near Shap Wells in the 1960s. ...
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Train locomotive and banker both working hard climbing Shap in the 1960s. ...
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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
Black 5 4-6-0 no 44717 on the climb near Shap Wells unassisted in the mid sixties ...
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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. ...
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An unidentified 'Britannia' Pacific climbing Shap with a 10-coach train unassisted in the 1960s. ...
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Black 5 no 45415 with banking assistance on Shap in the early 1960s. ...
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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 //

A southbound DRS container train waits in the Eden Valley loop just
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John McIntyre 30/05/2011

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
Black 5 no 45212 heading north with a special at Eamont Bridge Junction, just south of Penrith station, in September 1967. The photograph is taken ...
Colin Miller 25/09/1967

Ex LMS black fives 44871+45407 heading south on 1z63 Winter Cumbrian Mountain Express from Carlisle to Manchester. ...
Ken Browne 23/01/2016
390121 Virgin Dream leans into the curve as it passes through Penrith at speed on 15th September 2018. The Glasgow to Euston service is just ...
Mark Bartlett 15/09/2018
Three Freightliner Class 66s run from Crewe to Carlisle on Saturday 15th September 2018. 66529, 66588 and 66570, seen here passing through Penrith, ...
Mark Bartlett 15/09/2018
The first Winter Cumbrian Mountain Express of 2015 passes through Penrith North Lakes with Black 5 45407 in charge. The Jubilee Leander ...
Ken Browne 24/01/2015

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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BR Standard class 5 4-6-0 no 73099 with an up train passing Plumpton, north of Penrith, in the 1960s. [See image 41265] ...
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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]. ...
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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

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
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
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





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
BR Standard class 4 4-6-0 75051 in the shed yard at Carlisle Upperby in the summer of 1964. ...
John Robin 27/06/1964
LMS Jinty 47269 on Upperby shed in the summer of 1962. ...
John Robin 24/06/1962

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

Looking west at London Road Junction. ...
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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 at London Road Junction in April 2006. The line from Upperby still comes in from the right just before the road bridge although the ...
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

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 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
The 1.40pm Stranraer Harbour - Newcastle Central pulls away from Carlisle on 13 July 1963 behind V2 2-6-2 60975. ...
K A Gray 13/07/1963
The City of Carlisle welcomes its eponymous Stanier pacific on 21 December 1963. No 46238 is adding to the haze around the north end of platform 1, ...
K A Gray 21/12/1963