Beckermet railway station
Beckermet railway station, 1961
|Original company||LNWR & FR Joint Railway|
|Post-grouping||London, Midland and Scottish Railway|
|2 August 1869||Opened|
|7 January 1935||Closed to passengers|
|11 March 1940||Reopened to workmen's trains|
|8 April 1940||Closed|
|6 May 1946||Reopened|
|16 June 1947||Closed|
|1953||Reopened for workmen's trains to Sellafield|
|6 September 1965||Workmen's trains ended|
|Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom|
|Closed railway stations in Britain
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& Egremont Railway
By the 1860s the company sought to extend southwards from Egremont to meet the coastal line at Sellafield, aiming for Millom, Barrow-in-Furness and beyond. The Furness opposed this, but the two companies came to an accommodation and built the Egremont to Sellafield extension as a joint line. Beckermet railway station was the sole intermediate passenger station on the extension.
The line to Egremont was one of the fruits of the rapid industrialisation of West Cumberland in the second half of the nineteenth century, opening to passengers on 1 July 1857. Egremont remained as the railway's southern terminus until 1869 when the company, in partnership with the Furness Railway, built a southern extension from Egremont to the coast line at Sellafield, with an intermediate station at Beckermet. This enabled traffic from the Cleator Moor and Rowrah areas, especially iron ore, to move much more readily southwards.
In 1922 five northbound passenger trains left Beckermet, two connected with trains to Whitehaven at Moor Row, all the others continued there without a change. A Saturdays Only evening train terminated at Moor Row. The southbound service was similar. There were no Sunday trains.
Goods traffic was typical of an industrial area, sustaining sidings and goods depots long after passenger services were withdrawn.
Mineral traffic was the dominant flow, though this was subject to considerable fluctuation with trade cycles. A considerable amount of iron ore travelled south through Beckermet bound for the furnaces of Millom and Barrow-in-Furness.
Stations and signalling along the line south of Rowrah were changed during the Joint regime to conform to Furness Railway standards.
Rundown and closure
The station closed on 7 January 1935 when normal passenger traffic ended along the line.
Life flickered briefly in Spring 1940 when workmen's trains were reinstated to support a period of high activity building the Royal Ordnance Factory at Drigg, but that lasted less than a month.
A public Sellafield-Egremont-Beckermet-Moor Row-Whitehaven service was reinstated on 6 May 1946, only to be "suspended" on 16 June 1947, a victim of the post-war fuel crisis. Bradshaw still listed the service as Suspended in 1949. It was never reinstated.
Remarkably, a wholly new unadvertised passenger service started in September 1964, conveying pupils to Wyndham School in Egremont from Seascale in the morning then home after school. Initially this comprised eight steam-hauled carriages, ending typically formed of a pair of Derby Lightweight 2-car units. Sources differ on when this service ended:- 3 March 1969 or 11 December 1969. Sources are silent on whether this called at Beckermet or passed straight through.
By 2013 satellite images appeared to show that the Beckermet station site was Public Open Space, though the village had expanded towards the station site.
|Preceding station||Disused railways||Following station|
|St Thomas Cross Platform
Line and station closed
|Whitehaven, Cleator and Egremont and Furness Jount Railway||Sellafield
Line and station closed
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- The station on overlain OS maps surveyed from 1898, via National Library of Scotland
- The closed station on a 1948 OS Map, via npe maps
- Map of the line with photos, via RAILSCOT
- The railways of Cumbria, via Cumbrian Railways Association
- Photos of Cumbrian railways, via Cumbrian Railways Association
- The railways of Cumbria, via Railways_of_Cumbria
- Cumbrian Industrial History, via Cumbria Industrial History Society
- The line's and station's Engineer's Line References, via railwaycodes.org.uk
- Furness Railtour using many West Cumberland lines 5 September 1954, via sixbellsjunction
- A video tour-de-force of the region's closed lines, via cumbriafilmarchive