Wennington railway station

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Wennington National Rail
Wennington
Location
Place Wennington
Local authority Lancaster
Grid reference SD616699
Operations
Station code WNN
Managed by Northern Rail
Number of platforms 2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
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Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05  2,900
2005/06 Decrease 2,697
2006/07 Increase 2,848
2007/08 Increase 3,111
2008/09 Decrease 3,040
2009/10 Increase 3,222
2010/11 Increase 3,696
2011/12 Decrease 3,338
History
Key dates Opened 1850 (1850)
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Wennington from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Wennington railway station serves the village of Wennington in Lancashire, England. It is situated on the Leeds to Morecambe Line and operated by Northern Rail, who provide all passenger train services.

History[edit]

Preserved Black Five 4-6-0 locomotive 5407 passes Wennington Junction signal box in 1982.

Originally opened by the Little North Western Railway in 1850 on their line between Skipton and Morecambe, the station was rebuilt & expanded in 1865[1] prior to the opening of the Furness and Midland Joint Railway from Carnforth in 1867. Thereafter it became a busy junction, with many passenger trains calling to detach through carriages for Carnforth from the main Morecambe portion if heading west or attaching them if heading east. A number of local services (mainly from the Carnforth line) also originated or terminated there.

Much of this activity ended with the withdrawal of local stopping trains on the Carnforth line in 1960 (though it remained in use for through services) and the closure of the Lancaster line to passengers in January 1966.[2] The latter was then closed to all traffic the following year and subsequently lifted, although the abandoned trackbed can still seen. The original station buildings have also been demolished and replaced by shelters, although the signal box remained in use as the last remaining block post on the line until 1988 - it was then closed & permanently "switched out" but wasn't formally abolished and removed until 2006.
The junction was the site of a derailment on 11 August 1880 in which eight people were killed.[3]

Services[edit]

From Monday to Saturday, there are five daily services to Lancaster (journey time 25mins) and to Skipton & Leeds (1hr20). All but the first of the daily westbound departures continue onwards to Morecambe.[4]

On Sundays there are four services in each direction all year round since the May 2011 timetable change - prior to this the first two departures each way ran only during the summer months.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Binns, p.27
  2. ^ Binns, p.42
  3. ^ Red for Danger by L.T.C. Rolt publ 1955, page 164-5
  4. ^ GB National Rail Timetable, Dec 2013-May 2014; Table 36

Bibliography[edit]

  • Binns, D. (1982), The Little North Western Railway, Wyvern Publications, Skipton, ISBN 0-907941-01-X.

External links[edit]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Bentham   Northern Rail
Leeds to Morecambe Line
  Carnforth
Historical railways
Bentham High   Midland Railway
Furness and Midland Joint Railway
  Melling
Disused railways
Low Bentham   Midland Railway
"Little" North Western Railway
  Wray

Coordinates: 54°07′26″N 2°35′13″W / 54.124°N 2.587°W / 54.124; -2.587