Bootle railway station
|Number of platforms||2|
|Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|Original company||Whitehaven and Furness Junction Railway|
|Post-grouping||London, Midland and Scottish Railway|
|8 July 1850||Station opened|
|National Rail – UK railway stations|
|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Bootle from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
Bootle Railway Station, situated in the hamlet of Bootle Station, serves the village of Bootle and the neighbouring hamlet of Hycemoor in Cumbria, England. The railway station is a request stop on the scenic Cumbrian Coast Line 24 miles (39 km) north of Barrow-in-Furness. It is operated by Northern who provide all passenger train services.
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. It was opened in stages, and the section between Ravenglass and Bootle opened on 8 July 1850. The last section between Bootle and Broughton-in-Furness was opened for passenger services 1 November 1850: trains carrying Lord Lonsdale and invited guests had travelled over the section on at least two occasions in October.
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 & Preston.
There is no evening or Sunday service.
Explosion on 22 March 1945
At about 22:17 on 22 March 1945 a wagon containing depth charges in southbound freight train caught fire on approaching Bootle. The train crew, driver H. Goodall and fireman H.N. 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.
- Rush, Robert W. (1973). The Furness Railway 1843-1923. The Oakwood Library of Railway History. Lingfield: Oakwood Press. pp. 33–34. OL35.
- Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 39. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508.
- "Opening of the Railway to Bootle". Cumberland Pacquet, and Ware's Whitehaven Advertiser. 9 July 1850. p. 3.
- "Local Intelligence". Carlisle Patriot. 2 November 1850. p. 2.
- GB eNRT 2015-16 Edition, Table 100 (Network Rail)
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- Train times and station information for Bootle railway station from National Rail
- "Report on the Explosion that occurred at Bootle on 22nd March 1945" (PDF). Retrieved 5 September 2010.
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