Dalston railway station (Cumbria)

Coordinates: 54°50′46″N 2°59′19″W / 54.8461650°N 2.9885758°W / 54.8461650; -2.9885758
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Dalston (Cumbria)
National Rail
Dalston Railway Station (geograph 6306370).jpg
General information
LocationDalston, City of Carlisle
Coordinates54°50′46″N 2°59′19″W / 54.8461650°N 2.9885758°W / 54.8461650; -2.9885758
Grid referenceNY366506
Owned byNetwork Rail
Managed byNorthern Trains
Other information
Station codeDLS
ClassificationDfT category F2
Original companyMaryport and Carlisle Railway
Pre-groupingMaryport and Carlisle Railway
Post-groupingLondon, Midland and Scottish Railway
British Rail (London Midland Region)
Key dates
10 May 1843Opened
2017/18Decrease 21,556
2018/19Decrease 20,122
2019/20Increase 31,940
2020/21Decrease 14,108
2021/22Increase 30,562
Dalston is located in the former City of Carlisle district
Dalston is located in Cumbria
Location in Cumbria, England
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road

Dalston railway station is a railway station serving the village of Dalston near Carlisle in Cumbria, England. It is on the Cumbrian Coast Line, which runs between Carlisle and Barrow-in-Furness. It is owned by Network Rail and managed by Northern Trains.


It was opened in 1843 by the Maryport and Carlisle Railway, with trains running through to Maryport from the beginning of the following year. It became an unstaffed halt in 1967, but has kept its period stone waiting shelter on the northbound platform, lattice footbridge[1] and main buildings on the opposite side (the latter are in private commercial use). It is also one of the last active freight locations on this route - an oil terminal on the eastern side of the line just south of the station receives regular trainloads of fuel oil from Grangemouth Refinery in Scotland. Two crossovers operated from ground frames located at the station are used for shunting purposes when trains require access to the terminal sidings.


Along with most other stations on the line, it is unstaffed, meaning that passengers need to purchase tickets on the train.[2] Step-free access is available to both platforms and train running information is provided by telephone and timetable posters. Digital information screens and a ticket machine are also being installed by Northern in 2019 as part of a rolling station improvement plan in the area.


Northern Trains
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 for Eskdale 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 & 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

Following the May 2021 timetable change, the station is served by an hourly service between Carlisle and Barrow-in-Furness, with some trains continuing to Lancaster. During the evening, the station is served by an hourly service between Carlisle and Whitehaven. All services are operated by Northern Trains.[3]

Rolling stock used: Class 156 Super Sprinter and Class 158 Express Sprinter

In May 2018, Northern introduced a Sunday service between Whitehaven and Barrow-in-Furness, the first Sunday service to operate south of Whitehaven for over 40 years.[4][5]


  1. ^ Old Cumbria Gazetteer - Dalston Station Retrieved 2013-10-17
  2. ^ Dalston (Cumbria) station facilities National Rail Enquiries; Retrieved 5 December 2016
  3. ^ "Train times: Carlisle to Preston and Manchester via Cumbrian Coast and Windermere to Manchester Airport" (PDF). Northern Trains. 16 May 2021. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2 June 2021. Retrieved 8 May 2021.
  4. ^ "Cumbria's west coast rail services reinstated after 40 years". BBC News. 20 May 2018. Retrieved 2 June 2021.
  5. ^ Baldwin, Beth. "Long-awaited train service connecting Barrow and Millom returns after 40 years". Whitehaven News. Archived from the original on 2 June 2021. Retrieved 2 June 2021.

External links[edit]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Carlisle   Northern Trains
Cumbrian Coast Line
  Historical railways  
Cummersdale   Maryport and Carlisle Railway   Curthwaite