Bootle railway station

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Bootle (Cumbria)
National Rail
Bootle (Cumbria) railway station (geograph 3558750).jpg
LocationBootle, Copeland
Coordinates54°17′28″N 3°23′38″W / 54.2911824°N 3.3938202°W / 54.2911824; -3.3938202Coordinates: 54°17′28″N 3°23′38″W / 54.2911824°N 3.3938202°W / 54.2911824; -3.3938202
Grid referenceSD093892
Owned byNetwork Rail
Managed byNorthern Trains
Other information
Station codeBOC
ClassificationDfT category F2
Original companyWhitehaven and Furness Junction Railway
Pre-groupingFurness Railway
Post-groupingLondon, Midland and Scottish Railway
British Rail (London Midland Region)
Key dates
8 July 1850Opened
2016/17Decrease 11,850
2017/18Decrease 10,870
2018/19Increase 13,386
2019/20Increase 17,226
2020/21Decrease 4,616
Bootle is located in the Borough of Copeland
Location in Copeland, Cumbria
Bootle is located in Cumbria
Location in Cumbria, England
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road

Bootle is a railway station on the Cumbrian Coast Line, which runs between Carlisle and Barrow-in-Furness. The station, situated 24 miles (39 km) north-west of Barrow-in-Furness, serves the village of Bootle in Cumbria. It is owned by Network Rail and managed by Northern Trains.


The Whitehaven and Furness Junction Railway was authorised in 1847 for a line which would link the town of Whitehaven with the Furness Railway at Broughton-in-Furness.[1] It was opened in stages, and the section between Ravenglass and Bootle opened on 8 July 1850.[2][3] The last section between Bootle and Broughton-in-Furness was opened for passenger services 1 November 1850,[4] with trains carrying Lord Lonsdale and invited guests having travelled over the section on at least two occasions in October.

The station buildings, as photographed in July 1998


The Grade II-listed signal box, as photographed in October 2005.

The station had a coal depot, a goods yard with a shed and 5 ton crane, the yard was able to accommodate live stock, horse and cattle vans.[5][6] The station was host to a LMS caravan in 1936.[7]

It has retained its main buildings, being the stationmaster's house waiting rooms and restrooms but these are now two private residences and the station is unstaffed. The station clock is original and still works.

The buildings are built from red granite and sandstone. Originally the design was used on many of the stations on the Cumbrian Coast Line but today only three exist. This one, Drigg and Ravenglass.

There were no ticket facilities prior to 2019, but a ticket vending machine has now been installed by Northern to allow passenger to buy before boarding.

Shelters are present on both platforms, with the wooden one on the northbound side being the more substantial of the two.

A level crossing with hand-operated gates (and supervising signal box) links the platforms, which both have step-free access from the road.

The signal box c. 1874 is a Furness Railway Type 1 design and retains a London Midland Region lever frame of 15 levers installed in 1977. and was listed in November 2013 under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.

Train running information can be obtained by telephone, digital display screens or from timetable posters.[8]


Route 6
Cumbrian Coast, Furness
and Windermere Lines
Carlisle Parking Bicycle facilities Handicapped/disabled access
Dalston Parking
Wigton Parking Bicycle facilities
Aspatria Parking Bicycle facilities
Maryport Parking Bicycle facilities
Workington Parking
Harrington Parking
Parton Parking
Whitehaven Parking Bicycle facilities
St Bees Parking
Nethertown Parking
Sellafield Parking
Seascale Parking Bicycle facilities
Ravenglass Heritage railway
Bootle Bicycle facilities
Millom Parking Bicycle facilities
Green Road Parking
Kirkby-in-Furness Bicycle facilities
Askam Parking
Barrow-in-Furness Parking Handicapped/disabled access
Dalton Bicycle facilities
Ulverston Parking Bicycle facilities Handicapped/disabled access
Cark and Cartmel Parking
Kents Bank
Grange-over-Sands Parking Bicycle facilities Handicapped/disabled access
Arnside Bicycle facilities
Silverdale Bicycle facilities
Carnforth Parking
Windermere Parking
Staveley Bicycle facilities
Burneside Bicycle facilities
Kendal Parking Bicycle facilities
Oxenholme Lake District Parking Handicapped/disabled access
Lancaster Parking Bicycle facilities Handicapped/disabled access
Preston Parking Bicycle facilities Handicapped/disabled access
Wigan North Western Parking Handicapped/disabled access
Manchester Oxford Road
Manchester Piccadilly Parking Bicycle facilities Handicapped/disabled access Manchester Metrolink
Mauldeth Road Parking
Burnage Bicycle facilities
East Didsbury Parking Manchester Metrolink
Gatley Parking Bicycle facilities Handicapped/disabled access
Heald Green Bicycle facilities
Manchester Airport Handicapped/disabled access Manchester Metrolink Airport interchange

Monday to Saturdays there is generally an hourly (with some longer gaps in the early morning and afternoon) request service southbound to Barrow and northbound towards Whitehaven and Carlisle. Some services continue beyond Barrow via the Furness Line to Lancaster.[9] The timetable now operates later into the evening than before since the summer 2018 timetable came into effect.

A Sunday service (broadly hourly each way from late morning until 19:00) now operates - this was introduced at the May 2018 timetable change

Explosion on 22 March 1945[edit]

At about 22:17 on 22 March 1945 a wagon containing depth charges in a southbound freight train caught fire on approaching Bootle. The train crew, driver H. Goodall and fireman Herbert Norman Stubbs, on becoming aware of the fire, stopped the train south of Bootle station. Despite the fierce fire, the crew isolated the burning wagon by uncoupling the rear portion of the train, then drawing it forward to before uncoupling the burning wagon. With the wagon isolated, the fireman went forward to protect the northbound line while the driver went back in a possible attempt to fight the fire. At this point the depth charges violently exploded, killing the driver and creating a crater 105 feet long to a depth of 50 feet. The line was closed for three days whilst the crater was filled in and the track relaid.

Stubbs was subsequently awarded the George Medal and the Order of Industrial Heroism.[10][11][12]

Looking south towards Barrow-in-Furness, as photographed in October 1966.


  1. ^ Rush, Robert W. (1973). The Furness Railway 1843-1923. The Oakwood Library of Railway History. Lingfield: Oakwood Press. pp. 33–34. OL35.
  2. ^ Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 39. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508.
  3. ^ "Opening of the Railway to Bootle". Cumberland Pacquet, and Ware's Whitehaven Advertiser. 9 July 1850. p. 3.
  4. ^ "Local Intelligence". Carlisle Patriot. 2 November 1850. p. 2.
  5. ^ "Bootle station on OS 25inch map Cumberland LXXXV.11 (Bootle)". National Library of Scotland. 1863. Retrieved 9 June 2020.
  6. ^ The Railway Clearing House (1970) [1904]. The Railway Clearing House Handbook of Railway Stations 1904 (1970 D&C Reprint ed.). Newton Abbot: David & Charles Reprints. p. 69. ISBN 0-7153-5120-6.
  7. ^ McRae, Andrew (1997). British Railway Camping Coach Holidays: The 1930s & British Railways (London Midland Region). Scenes from the Past: 30 (Part One). Foxline. p. 22. ISBN 1-870119-48-7.
  8. ^ Bootle (Cumbria) station facilities National Rail Enquiries; Retrieved 2 December 2016
  9. ^ Table 100 National Rail timetable, December 2019
  10. ^ Braniff, P.V. (June 2000). "I Owe My life to Harold". Life Saving Awards Research Society Journal (39): 36–38.
  11. ^ "(unknown)" (PDF). North West Evening Mail. 20 March 2015. Retrieved 22 May 2019. Cite uses generic title (help)
  12. ^ "Herbert Norman Stubbs Fireman Ammunition Train Explosion 22nd March 1945". Cumbria Railways. Retrieved 22 May 2019.

External links[edit]

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