Whitehaven Junction Railway

Introduction

This line is open. It runs down the west coast of Cumbria, connecting Maryport to Workington to Whitehaven and serving several iron and steel works and docks en route.

After severe damage to roadbridges in the area by the flooded River Derwent a temporary bridge was erected at Workington North and a ticketless cross-Workington service (actually Workington to Maryport) instituted by the Network Rail, the council and Direct Rail Services.






Dates

  /  /1847[Whitehaven Junction Railway]
Opened from Maryport to Whitehaven Bransty

Portions of line and locations

This line is divided into a number of portions.


Maryport to Whitehaven




A sunny day at Flimby on the Cumbrian Coast in March 2018 with clear views to the hills around Dalbeattie across the Solway. The Carlisle platform has ...
Mark Bartlett 09/03/2018
The modest beachside facilities at Flimby looking north in 1998. ...
Ewan Crawford //1998


This station on the Whitehaven Junction Railway was the junction for the Cleator and Workington Junction Railway. It was a three platform station, two on the Whitehaven, served by both main line and branch, and a third on the east side only served from the branch making this an exchange station.
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OK - pick a window...!! Deltic 55022 skirts the Cumbrian Coast approaching Siddick with the Western and Eastern Coastal Express railtour ...
John McIntyre 30/08/2010


Also known as Workington Haematite Iron Works. This was located on the west side of the Whitehaven Junction Railway just north of Lonsdale Dock and the River Derwent. Despite the name, this was principally an iron works.
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This was a temporary station opened after the 2009 floods which swept away the road bridges in Workington. The station was served by a shuttle train service operated by DRS which ran from Workington to Maryport serving the station in between.
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What do you mean Heath Robinson? This footbridge is a masterpiece! ...
Ewan Crawford 01/02/2010
At 17.05 the Workington - Maryport shuttle pauses at Workington North (temporary) station. This station is to the south of the former Siddick ...
Ewan Crawford 01/02/2010
37423 enters Workington North (temporary station) with the up Maryport-Workington shuttle on 1 February 2010. This is a half hourly service. The ...
Ewan Crawford 01/02/2010

Looking south at Derwent Junction. Workington Docks line to right, Workington station in distance. A train consisting of a two carriage and single ...
Ewan Crawford 27/09/2006

The booking office at Workington, and the station forecourt, have been refurbished and now look pristine as seen here on 9th March 2018. ...
Mark Bartlett 09/03/2018
View across the running lines in July 1986 to Workington Main No 3 signal box. ...
Ian Dinmore /07/1986
A class 56 on a docks trip at Workington in July 1997. [With thanks to Messrs Pesterfield, Palmer and Smith] ...
Ian Dinmore /07/1997
It's not every day you see Southern steam in Cumbria. Exchange trials, perhaps? ...
Ken Strachan 16/05/2014

This was a considerable shed, latterly of 12 roads, south of Workington station on the east side of the line and served from the south.
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Fowler 3F 0-6-0s 47290 and 47593 stand together out of use in the shed yard at Workington in September 1962. ...
K A Gray 22/09/1962
LMS Jinty 0-6-0T 47593 stands amongst the weekend guests on Workington shed on Saturday 22 September 1962. A long term resident of 12D, the ...
K A Gray 22/09/1962
A siding containing withdrawn steam locomotives alongside Workington shed in September 1962. Fowler 3F 0-6-0s 47290 and 47593 are amongst the former ...
K A Gray 22/09/1962
Stanier 8F 48476 stands in the shed yard at Workington on 22 September 1962. ...
K A Gray 22/09/1962


This is a two platform station. The station retains a lattice footbridge of unusual design, either end of the girder crossing the tracks being supported by brick pillars. The main station building had been on the southbound platform, alongside today's carpark, with a smaller building on the northbound.
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156448, working from Barrow to Carlisle, stands alongside one of the original Harrington Humps at the station of the same name. Still not exactly ...
Mark Bartlett 13/11/2017
Harrington Humps are now used at smaller stations with low platforms across the UK network but this is where they were first installed. This ...
Mark Bartlett 13/11/2017
The impressive curving viaduct at Harrington, looking south from the landward side on 13th November 2017. The structure was extensively rebuilt in ...
Mark Bartlett 13/11/2017
Early morning at Harrington on 9th March 2018 with the rising sun illuminating the scene. This view looks south from the station footbridge along the ...
Mark Bartlett 09/03/2018


153301 is on the rear of a two-car set as it departs Parton heading for Carlisle on 13th November 2017. You can see by how much of the train ...
Mark Bartlett 13/11/2017
37401 propels the 2C34 Carlisle to Barrow service off the single line coastal section between Parton and Whitehaven on 13th November 2017. The ...
Mark Bartlett 13/11/2017
The line between Parton and Harrington has the Irish Sea on one side and crumbling cliffs on the other. Part of this stretch was reduced to single ...
Mark Bartlett 13/11/2017
Parton signalbox looking south. The signalbox was to the north of the station but the section is now controlled from Whitehaven (Bransty). ...
Ewan Crawford //



37402 waits patiently with the late running Barrow to Carlisle service at Whitehaven on 28 January 2018. The cause of the late running was nothing to ...
John McIntyre 26/01/2018
Nowadays the LNWR style cabin at Whitehaven (Bransty) only controls a limited number of signals and points in the station area but it has also gained ...
Mark Bartlett 13/11/2017
37401 pauses at Whitehaven on 13th November 2017. The train is the 1140hrs 2C49 Barrow to Carlisle service, the second of three northbound trips for ...
Mark Bartlett 13/11/2017
The tunnel entrance at Whitehaven is misleading, as a girder bridge of double track width conceals the single track bore that runs to Corkickle. ...
Mark Bartlett 13/11/2017





Maryport Harbour Branch








Lonsdale Dock Branch

Looking south at Derwent Junction. Workington Docks line to right, Workington station in distance. A train consisting of a two carriage and single ...
Ewan Crawford 27/09/2006


Wagons with rails being shunted in Workington Docks. Sadly the steelworks has closed. ...
Ewan Crawford 27/09/2006
The damaged railway bridge in Workington Harbour viewed from the south bank. [See image 11537] ...
Ewan Crawford /02/2010
A Hunslet locomotive shunts some of the last rails made in Workington at the Workington Docks in September 2006. ...
Ewan Crawford 27/09/2006
This bridge is on the north to west curve of the triangle of lines in the docks area. Sadly whilst the mainline bridge has survived intact this one ...
Ewan Crawford 01/02/2010