Appleby railway station

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Appleby National Rail
Appleby-in Westmorland Station - - 1136277.jpg
Place Appleby-in-Westmorland
Local authority Eden
Grid reference NY686206
Station code APP
Managed by Northern
Number of platforms 2
DfT category E
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2010/11 Increase 70,808
2011/12 Decrease 68,884
2012/13 Decrease 60,992
2013/14 Increase 62,600
- Interchange  2
2014/15 Decrease 57,078
- Interchange  Increase 3
1 May 1876 Station opens as Appleby
1 September 1952 Renamed Appleby West
6 May 1968 Renamed Appleby
National RailUK railway stations
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Appleby from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.

Appleby railway station is a railway station which serves the town of Appleby-in-Westmorland in Cumbria, England. It is operated by Northern who provide all passenger train services. The station is 30 12 miles (49.1 km) south east of Carlisle on the Settle-Carlisle Line.

The station was formerly called Appleby West, the older Appleby East station was nearby on the Eden Valley Railway. The buildings of Appleby East still survive.

Well-known railway photographer and enthusiast Bishop Eric Treacy died at Appleby railway station on 13 May 1978 after suffering a heart attack whilst waiting to photograph Evening Star, which was due to pass through the station on a rail tour. A plaque located on the down platform commemorates the spot.[1]


The station was designed by the Midland Railway company architect John Holloway Sanders.[2] Opened by the Midland Railway at the same time as the line itself in May 1876, it became part of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway during the Grouping of 1923. The station then passed to the London Midland Region of British Railways on nationalisation in 1948. It was one of only two stations on the Settle-Carlisle line to remain open (Settle being the other) following the withdrawal of local stopping trains in May 1970.

A 1903 Railway Clearing House Junction Diagram showing (right) railways in the vicinity of Appleby. Present station is shown as MIDLAND STA.

When sectorisation was introduced in the 1980s, the station was served by Regional Railways until the privatisation of British Rail.

Mile post at Appleby

The line through the station is often used as a diversionary route for the West Coast Main Line for both passenger and freight trains. A pre-nationalisation milepost on the southbound platform marks the station's location 277 14 miles from London (St Pancras) on the Midland Railway route via Leicester, Derby, Sheffield and Leeds.


The water tank and tower in use to supply LMS 8P 4-6-2 "Duchess of Sutherland" on a southbound rail tour

The main brick-built station building with booking office and waiting room is located on the northbound platform. A smaller brick-built waiting room is located on the southbound platform. A period footbridge links the two platforms.

There is a water tank with water tower at the south end of the platform which is used to supply steam locomotives which stop with southbound trains during special excursions on the Settle and Carlisle line.


There is generally a service every two hours daily northbound to Carlisle and southbound to Leeds[3] - seven each way in total since the May 2011 timetable change, a modest improvement on the former schedule of seven northbound & six southbound trains on weekdays, plus an extra SX early morning departure to Kirkby Stephen only and an extra morning departure for Leeds on Saturdays.

Four services each way call on Sundays (including one afternoon express service to Nottingham introduced at the December 2012 timetable change), increasing to five in the summer months (the extra trains being the DalesRail service to/from Preston & Blackpool North).

Services have been disrupted since 28 January 2016 by a landslip at Eden Brows (near Armathwaite), which has destabilised the embankment on the eastern side of the railway where it passes through the Eden Gorge. An emergency timetable is in operation, with some trains from the south terminating/starting here and others continuing through to Armathwaite. Bus links to both Carlisle and Penrith are also supplementing the train service. Repair works are due to continue until March 2017.[4]


  1. ^ The Settle and Carlisle line ISBN 978-1-85895-263-5
  2. ^ "Notes by the Way.". Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald (British Newspaper Archive). 1 November 1884. Retrieved 12 July 2016 – via British Newspaper Archive. (subscription required (help)). 
  3. ^ GB National Rail Timetable 2016, Table 42 (Network Rail)
  4. ^ "Landslip-hit Settle-to-Carlisle line section shut until 2017"BBC News; Retrieved 7 July 2016

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Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Kirkby Stephen   Northern
Settle-Carlisle Line
Historical railways
Ormside   Midland Railway
Settle-Carlisle Railway
  Long Marton

Coordinates: 54°34′48″N 2°29′13″W / 54.580°N 2.487°W / 54.580; -2.487