- Cumbrian Coast Line
Cumbrian Coast Line
Overview Type Heavy rail System National Rail Status Operational Locale Cumbria, North West England Termini Barrow-in-Furness
Stations 26 Services 1 Operation Opened 1844 Owner Network Rail Operator(s) Northern Rail Rolling stock Class 153 "Super Sprinter"
Class 156 "Super Sprinter"
Technical Line length 85.50 mi (137.60 km) No. of tracks Mainly double-tracked, three sections of single track. Track gauge Standard Gauge 4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm)
The Cumbrian Coast Line is a rail route in North West England, running from Carlisle to Barrow-in-Furness via Workington and Whitehaven. The line forms part of Network Rail route NW 4033, which continues (as the Furness Line) via Ulverston and Grange-over-Sands to Carnforth, where it connects with the West Coast Main Line.
The Cumbrian Coast Line is an amalgamation of a series of earlier routes:
- Carlisle to Maryport, Maryport and Carlisle Railway opened 1845
- Maryport to Whitehaven, Whitehaven Junction Railway (acquired by London and North Western Railway 1866)
- Whitehaven to Kirkby-in-Furness, Whitehaven and Furness Railway (acquired by Furness Railway 1865)
- Kirkby-in-Furness to Barrow-in-Furness, Furness Railway opened 1844
All the above constituents were absorbed into the London, Midland and Scottish Railway in 1923.
Towns and villages along the route
- St Bees
- Connection for the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway (La'al Ratty)
- Green Road
Train services are operated by Northern Rail. Services stop at all stations, although many are request stops, with the exceptions of Netherstown and Braystones, which are served by four trains a day in each direction.
In the December 2011 - May 2012 timetable, the following trains operate on weekdays:
- Southbound - 19 trains per day
- Carlisle to Barrow-in-Furness - 8 trains per day, of which 1 continues to Lancaster and 1 to Preston
- Carlisle to Whitehaven - 4 trains per day, of which 1 begins in Newcastle
- Millom to Barrow-in-Furness - 3 trains per day, of which 1 continues to Preston
- Maryport to Lancaster - 1 train per day
- Whitehaven to Barrow-in-Furness - 1 train per day
- Sellafield to Lancaster- 1 train per day
- Northbound - 19 trains per day
- Barrow-in-Furness to Carlisle - 10 trains per day, of which 1 begins in Lancaster and 2 in Preston
- Whitehaven to Carlisle - 4 trains per day
- Barrow-in-Furness to Millom - 3 trains per day, of which 1 begins in Lancaster
- Barrow-in-Furness to Sellafield - 1 train per day
- Whitehaven to Workington - 1 train per day
Services are slightly altered on Saturdays. On Sundays there is no service between Barrow and Whitehaven, with three trains in each direction between Whitehaven and Carlisle.
In the aftermath of the 2009 floods, an extra hourly service between Maryport and Workington operated stopping at all stations in between, including the temporary Workington North. These services were suspended in December 2010.
At Carlisle the lines connects to the: West Coast Mainline; the Settle-Carlisle Line; the Tyne Valley Line; the Glasgow South Western Line; and the Caledonian Sleeper service. At Barrow, there are connections to the Furness Line.
Due to restricted clearances on the northern section of this line, Class 150 and class 158 Diesel multiple units are barred from the route, therefore services are normally operated by Class 153 or Class 156 units. Although since 2006 Network Rail have eased clearance restrictions to allow Mark2, Mark3 coaching stock to operate the full route, although under strict instructions that all drop-light windows must be stewarded between Maryport-Carlisle. This has allowed many charter services to operate the full length of the Cumbrian Coast.
The Cumbrian Coast was given Community Rail status in 2008, and has an active Community Rail Partnership working hard to develop the route.
NW 4033 M-Ch km Carnforth North Junction 0-00 0.00 Carnforth 0-12 0.25 Carnforth Station Junction 0-19 0.40 Silverdale 3-36 5.55 Arnside 6-10 9.85 Grange-over-Sands 9-12 11.85 Kents Bank 11-08 14.75 Cark and Cartmel 13-29 21.50 Ulverston 19-09 30.75 Dalton 23-46 37.95 Dalton Junction 24-19 39.00 Roose 26-74 43.35 Salthouse Junction 27-38 44.20 Barrow-in-Furness 28-66 46.40 Park South Junction 32-57 52.65 Askam 34-64 56.00 Kirkby-in-Furness 38-00 61.15 Foxfield 40-21 64.80 Green Road 42-15 67.90 Millom 44-68 72.20 Silecroft 47-73 77.10 Bootle 53-18 85.65 Ravenglass 57-60 92.95 Drigg 59-59 96.15 Seascale 61-73 99.65 Sellafield 63-57 102.55 Braystones 65-57 105.75 Nethertown 67-13 108.10 St Bees 70-03 112.70 Corkickle 73-59 118.65 Whitehaven 74-47 120.05 Bransty Junction 74-54 120.15 Parton 75-79 122.30 Harrington 79-08 127.30 Workington 81-27 130.90 Workington North Flimby 85-00 136.80 Maryport 86-64 139.70 Aspatria 94-36 152.00 Wigton 102-63 165.40 Dalston 110-06 177.15 Currock Junction 113-37 182.60 Carlisle South Junction 114-19 183.85
The following lines all previously connected to the Cumbrian Coast Line, but have mostly now been closed
- Silloth branch, from Aspatria
- Brigham branch, near Maryport
- Cleator and Workington Junction Railway, near Workington
- Cockermouth and Workington Railway, near Workington
- Whitehaven, Cleator and Egremont Railway, near Corkickle
- Cleator and Furness Railway, near Sellafield
- Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway, at Ravenglass. This is a narrow gauge railway which still runs services for tourists, but there was formerly a standard gauge line from Ravenglass to Murthwaite for freight.
- Coniston Branch, near Foxfield
- Sandscale branch, at Barrow in Furness
- ^ http://www.railbrit.co.uk/Maryport_and_Carlisle_Railway/frame.htm
- ^ http://www.railbrit.co.uk/Whitehaven_Junction_Railway/frame.htm
- ^ http://www.railbrit.co.uk/Whitehaven_and_Furness_Railway/frame.htm
- ^ http://www.railbrit.co.uk/Furness_Railway/frame.htm
- ^ "Carlisle to Barrow-in-Furness". Northern Rail. http://www.northernrail.org/pdfs/timetables/20111211/6.pdf. Retrieved 22 November 2011.
- ^ http://www.railbrit.co.uk/Whitehaven_Cleator_and_Egremont_Railway/frame.htm
Railway lines in the North West Primary LocalBlackpool Branch Lines · Borderlands Line · Buxton Line · Caldervale Line · Chester to Manchester Line · Crewe-Derby Line · Crewe-Manchester Line · Cumbrian Coast Line · East Lancashire Line · Ellesmere Port to Warrington Line · Furness Line · Glossop Line · Hope Valley Line · Huddersfield Line · Kirkby Branch Line · Leeds to Morecambe Line · Liverpool to Manchester Lines · Liverpool to Wigan Line · Manchester to Preston Line · Manchester to Southport Line · Mid-Cheshire Line · Morecambe Branch Line · Newcastle and Carlisle Railway · Northern Line (Merseyrail) · Ormskirk Branch Line · Ribble Valley Line · Settle-Carlisle Line · Stafford-Manchester Line · Stockport to Stalybridge Line · Styal Line · Windermere Branch Line · Wirral Line
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