Appleby railway station
- This article is about the railway station in Cumbria, England. For other similarly named railway stations see Appleby railway station (disambiguation).
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|1 May 1876||Station opens as Appleby|
|1 September 1952||Renamed Appleby West|
|6 May 1968||Renamed Appleby|
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|* 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 1⁄2 miles (49.1 km) south east of Carlisle on the Settle-Carlisle Line.
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.
The station was designed by the Midland Railway company architect John Holloway Sanders. 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.
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 1⁄4 miles from London (St Pancras) on the Midland Railway route via Leicester, Derby, Sheffield and Leeds.
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 - 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.
- The Settle and Carlisle line ISBN 978-1-85895-263-5
- "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 (. ))
- GB National Rail Timetable 2016, Table 42 (Network Rail)
- "Landslip-hit Settle-to-Carlisle line section shut until 2017"BBC News; Retrieved 7 July 2016
- Butt, R. V. J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations: details every public and private passenger station, halt, platform and stopping place, past and present (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 1-8526-0508-1. OCLC 60251199.
- Jowett, Alan (2000). Jowett's Nationalised Railway Atlas (1st ed.). Penryn, Cornwall: Atlantic Transport Publishers. ISBN 0-9068-9999-0. OCLC 228266687.
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- Train times and station information for Appleby railway station from National Rail
- Station on navigable O.S. map. Southerly of the two stations.
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