Windermere railway station

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Windermere National Rail
Windermere railway station 2008.JPG
End of the line at Windermere Railway Station.
Place Windermere
Local authority South Lakeland
Grid reference SD413986
Station code WDM
Managed by First TransPennine Express
Number of platforms 1
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
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Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05   0.252 million
2005/06 Decrease 0.246 million
2006/07 Increase 0.277 million
2007/08 Increase 0.302 million
2008/09 Increase 0.303 million
2009/10 Increase 0.333 million
2010/11 Increase 0.359 million
2011/12 Increase 0.372 million
2012/13 Increase 0.375 million
2013/14 Increase 0.401 million
Key dates Opened 1847 (1847)
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Windermere from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Windermere railway station is the railway station that serves Windermere in Cumbria, England. It is just south of the A591, about 25 min walk or a short bus ride from the lake. The station is located behind a branch of the Booths supermarket chain, which occupies the site of the original station building, in front of the Lakeland store. It is the terminus of the former Kendal and Windermere Railway single-track Windermere Branch Line, with a single platform (much longer than the trains usually seen here today) serving one terminal track.

The Terrace, a row of cottages, built for railway executives in 1849, are said to have been designed by the famous architect Augustus Pugin. One of the fireplaces is a copy of one of his in the Palace of Westminster.[1]

The selection of the town of Birthwaite as the location of the station serving the lake was what led to it taking the name Windermere, even though it is not on the water (nowadays it has essentially grown together with Bowness-on-Windermere, which touches the lake).


The station was at one time bigger than this, with four platforms and an overall roof.[2] Three tracks were taken out of use when the branch was reduced to a one-train operated single line in 1973 as an economy measure. The single track was cut back to a new truncated station in 1986 following the demolition of the trainshed and the building of a supermarket, which incorporates the facade and canopy of the original station. The Booths supermarket has also been designed to mimic the appearance of the original trainshed.

Current services[edit]

First TransPennine Express run Class 185 diesel multiple units along the line, which runs through Staveley, Burneside, and Kendal, and then interchanges with Virgin Trains West Coast Main Line services at Oxenholme Lake District. A couple of services per day then run to Manchester Airport, while a few continue beyond Oxenholme but only as far as Lancaster or Preston.[3] There is also a service to Blackpool North every weeknight and a daily service from Barrow-in-Furness. The station is also a hub for Stagecoach bus services connecting Windermere with Coniston, Grasmere, Keswick, and other destinations in Cumbria. Both Stagecoach and the local council also run regular buses through the town to Bowness Pier; Stagecoach buses are open-top double-decker buses running along principal streets. The local council's minibuses run around the outskirts of town.

Future services[edit]

The nature of the Oxenholme to Windermere line would make it difficult to run additional services on the line.[4] However, Network Rail are looking at the possibility of an infill electrification project to allow direct electric services to operate between Manchester and Windermere after electrification of the Deansgate-Bolton-Leyland line and extra capacity on the line to allow new direct services to London Euston.[4]


See also[edit]


  • Vaughn, J.A.M (1980), Modern Branch Line Album, Ian Allan Publishing Ltd (Shepperton, Surrey). ISBN 0-7110-1030-7

External links[edit]


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First TransPennine Express Terminus

Coordinates: 54°22′48″N 2°54′11″W / 54.380°N 2.903°W / 54.380; -2.903