Foxfield railway station
Foxfield signal box and railway station in 2008
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Foxfield Railway Station serves the village of Foxfield and the nearby small town of Broughton-in-Furness in Cumbria, England. The railway station is a request stop on the scenic Cumbrian Coast Line. Some through trains to the Furness Line stop here. It is operated by Northern Rail who provide all passenger train services.
The station dates from 1848, when the Furness Railway extended its line from Barrow to Kirkby-in-Furness to nearby Broughton-in-Furness with the intention of serving local copper mines. It was opened on 1 August 1848 and consisted of an island platform.
Two years later, the Whitehaven & Furness Junction Railway completed its line down the coast from Whitehaven to join the FR line from Barrow, making Foxfield a junction of some importance in the process. The line from Broughton was extended further northwards to Coniston by the Coniston Railway Company on 18 June 1859, although it wasn't long before the Furness took it over (along with the W&FJR – both companies having been absorbed by the FR by 1865).
In 1879 an enlarged station was built, designed by the Lancaster architects Paley and Austin and built by the Barrow contractor William Ormandy. The island platform was widened to 29 feet (9 m), and a new canopy for passengers was provided.
For much of its life the Coniston line was well-used by locals and visitors alike, with the branch passenger service connecting with main line trains at one end of the route and with steamer services on Coniston Water at the other. However it fell victim to road competition in the late 1950s, passenger services being withdrawn from 6 October 1958, and the line closing completely in 1962. The coast line remains in operation though, with the passenger trains supplemented by a number of freight services running to and from the nuclear reprocessing plant at Sellafield, operated by Direct Rail Services.
There is an approximately hourly service in each direction (on request) from the station on Monday to Saturdays – southwards to Barrow-in-Furness (fifteen trains in total) and northwards to Millom (fourteen). Ten trains run through to and from Whitehaven and Carlisle whilst another runs as far as Sellafield. Six trains continue beyond Barrow to Lancaster or Preston.
There is no Sunday service.
- Marshall 1981, p. 111.
- "The Furness Railway" The Furness Railway Trust website article; Retrieved 18 February 2010
- Andrews and Holme 2005, p. 14.
- Marshall 1981, p. 112.
- Railscot – Whitehaven and Furness Junction Railway www.railbrit.co.uk; Retrieved 18 February 2010
- GB National Rail Timetable 2013-14, Table 100
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