Lockerbie railway station
|Scottish Gaelic: Locarbaidh|
|The exterior of Lockerbie station|
|Local authority||Dumfries and Galloway|
|Managed by||First ScotRail|
|Owned by||Network Rail|
|Number of platforms||2|
|Live arrivals/departures and station information
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|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|Original company||Caledonian Railway|
|10 September 1847||Opened|
|National Rail – UK railway stations|
|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Lockerbie from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
|UK Railways portal|
The station here was opened along with the first section of the Caledonian Railway's main line from Carlisle in September 1847. The line initially terminated at Beattock, but was completed through to Glasgow & Edinburgh early the following year. A branch line from here to Dumfries via Lochmaben was completed in September 1863 - this was constructed by the independent Dumfries, Lochmaben & Lockerbie Railway, but was absorbed by the Caledonian company just two years later. Though this route allowed the Caledonian company to reach Dumfries and thus compete with the rival Glasgow and South Western Railway, it never developed beyond country branch status and was closed to passenger services by the British Transport Commission in May 1952. Goods traffic continued until 1966, when the line finally fell victim to the Beeching Axe. Almost all nearby local stations on the main line suffered a similar fate during this period, but Lockerbie managed to survive - eventually seeing its first electrically-operated passenger services in May 1974 when the West Coast Main Line electrification project between Crewe & Glasgow was completed.
On 4 May 1883, an accident occurred when the branch service from Stranraer via the Dumfries, Lochmaben and Lockerbie Railway passed a signal and entered the station at 11.25pm. It collided at low speed, with a goods train already on the nouthbound line. This collision, though minor, forced carriages from the goods train onto the southbound line and into the path of the speeding Glasgow Express which smashed into the wreckage and derailed onto the station platform. Seven people were killed, including the driver and fireman of the express. The guard from the express ran down the line to warn another approaching train of the accident and prevented a further collision. There were 300 injuries. The driver of the first train, the Lockerbie station master and the local inspection regime were all criticised for their actions in the subsequent report on the crash.
Services and current operations
Lockerbie station, at one time, was one of only eight stations in the UK (some others being Long Buckby and Chester-le-Street) to be operated by a train company whose services did not call at that station. It is owned by Network Rail, and managed by First ScotRail but all services are provided by either Virgin Trains or First TransPennine Express. However, following some changes in franchises, there are now several other stations that are similarly managed, Lockerbie is the only railway station in Scotland that is not served by First ScotRail. There has been plans to see management of the station transferred to First TransPennine Express.
First TransPennine Express
First TransPennine Express is the main user of the station and provide an hourly service (including Sundays) each way, to both Edinburgh Waverley and Glasgow Central (alternating each hour) and to Manchester Airport.
- "News & Star: The Lockerbie Disaster of 1883". Retrieved 19 January 2011.
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- Jowett, Alan (March 1989). Jowett's Railway Atlas of Great Britain and Ireland: From Pre-Grouping to the Present Day (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 1-8526-0086-1. OCLC 22311137.
- Jowett, Alan (2000). Jowett's Nationalised Railway Atlas (1st ed.). Penryn, Cornwall: Atlantic Transport Publishers. ISBN 0-9068-9999-0. OCLC 228266687.
- RAILSCOT on Caledonian Railway
- Lockerbie railway station on navigable OS map
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