Carlisle and Silloth Bay Railway
|Carlisle and Silloth Bay Railway|
The Carlisle and Silloth Bay Railway was a 22 miles (35 km) long Carlisle and Silloth Bay Railway and Dock Company built single track branch railway line in Cumberland, England, that ran from Carlisle to Silloth via seven intermediate stations, Kirkandrews, Drumburgh, Kirkbride, Abbey Junction, Abbey Town and Blackdyke Halt. The line also had a spur to Port Carlisle that left the main line between Drumburgh and Kirkbride with an intermediate station at Glasson.
The line, authorised in 1854, for the Carlisle and Port Carlisle Railway and Dock Company opened a year later to provide the City of Carlisle with access to the deep water harbour and the Liverpool steamer pier at Port Carlisle. A second harbour was developed at Silloth and the railway was extended from Drumburgh to Silloth in 1856. The Liverpool steamer service relocated to Silloth a few months later and due to the lack of traffic on the Port Carlisle spur the motive power was changed from steam engine to horse power.
The North British Railway leased the line in 1862 and subsequently took it over in 1880. With consolidation in 1922 the line became part of the London and North Eastern Railway and became part of British Railways after nationalisation in 1948. In 1954 it became the first line in the country to have steam trains replaced by diesel units but was closed a decade later on 7 September 1964.