Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway

Posted: July 19, 2014 in Cumbria, History, Trains, UK
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In the 1860s the Furness Railway Company decided to build a branch line from Plumpton Junction, near Ulverston to Lake Windermere to service the local industry and to connect with the growing tourist trade to the Lake. They also invested in the steamer company which was providing boat tours of the lake. This new line would aldo allow wealthy factory owners with houses around Windermere direct travel to factories and facilities in Barrow.

The work began in 1866 with the proposed terminus at Newby bridge on the river leven, but it quickly became evident that this was not accesible to the largest steamers on the lake and so a new terminus was designed at Lakeside on the shores of Windermere. The railway opened in June 1869.

Newby Bridge Station (the original planned terminus of the original branch line)

Newby Bridge Station (the original planned terminus of the original branch line)

Lakeside station from Windermere

Lakeside station from Windermere

In addition to the passenger traffic the line brought coal (for the lake steamers), iron ore and sulphur (for local industry) up to lakeside where it could be loaded onto boats for distribution. On the return journey it carried iron, gunpowder, pit props and other local produce to the the industry in the coastal area.

The decline and closure of the line started in the 2nd world war with the closure of Newby bridge Station. Haverthwiate and Grenodd, the other two intermediary stations closed in 1946, although traffic continued to run through to Lakeside until the end of passenger traffic in 1965 and the total closure of the line 2 years later.

A preservation society was formed almost immediately and the line was purchased in 1970 with the foist engine and rolling stock arriving the following year. The line re-opened in June 1973 and runs from Haverthwiate to Lakeside, where the trains connect with Windermere steamers.

Windermere from Platform at Lakeside Station

Windermere from Platform at Lakeside Station

Haverthwaite Station

Haverthwaite Station

Haverthwaite station

Haverthwaite station

The refreshment room at Haverthwiate Station

The refreshment room at Haverthwiate Station

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