Dearham Bridge railway station

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Dearham Bridge railway station
Dearham Bridge station site geograph-3405934-by-Ben-Brooksbank.jpg
Site of the station in 1991
Coordinates54°43′18″N 3°26′42″W / 54.721704°N 3.444958°W / 54.721704; -3.444958Coordinates: 54°43′18″N 3°26′42″W / 54.721704°N 3.444958°W / 54.721704; -3.444958
Grid referenceNY07043727
Original companyMaryport & Carlisle Railway
Post-groupingLondon Midland and Scottish Railway
Platforms2 (staggered)
1867Renamed Dearham Bridge
5 June 1950Station closed to passengers[1][2]
12 October 1951Station closed completely[3]
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
170433 at Edinburgh Waverley.JPG UK Railways portal

Dearham Bridge was a railway station on the Maryport and Carlisle Railway (M&CR) serving the village and rural district of Dearham in Cumbria, England. The station was opened by the M&CR in 1842 as Dearham, but was renamed Dearham Bridge in 1867 when the M&CR opened a station in the village of Dearham, to which it gave that name. Dearham Bridge station lay in the Parish of Crosscanonby.[4]


Dearham Bridge station was opened by the Maryport & Carlisle Railway (M&CR) in 1840. At grouping in 1923 the M&CR became a part of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway. It was one of several lightly used intermediate stations on this route to be closed (in 1950) by the British Transport Commission in the years immediately after the nationalisation of the UK railway network. No trace of the station now remains, but the main Carlisle-Maryport line (completed in 1845) remains open and forms part of the Cumbrian Coast Line between Carlisle and Barrow in Furness. Branch lines here served Lowther Pit, Lonsdale Pit, Nelson Pit on Broughton Moor, Bertha Pit, etc.[4]

In the nineteenth century coal was brought down a tramway from pits on Broughton Moor and transferred to M&CR trains at the station.[5]

The station is known for a haunting related to a man who threw his new-born child under a train here, killing the infant. Now, as a train is about to enter the tunnel, the child can occasionally be heard screaming before being hit. The father was hanged for the crime.[6]

The Birkby Fire Brick Works and Colliery was nearby, worked by Messrs. Steele and Beveridge, of Maryport; it gave employment to about forty people.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Robinson 2002, p. 43.
  2. ^ Quick 2009, p. 146.
  3. ^ Robinson 1995, p. 184.
  4. ^ a b Old Cumbria Gazetteer Retrieved : 2012-09-03
  5. ^ Robinson 1985, p. 59.
  6. ^ Paranormal Database Retrieved : 2012-09-03
  7. ^ Cross Canonby Retrieved : 2012-09-03


  • Quick, Michael (2009) [2001]. Railway passenger stations in Great Britain: a chronology (4th ed.). Oxford: Railway and Canal Historical Society. ISBN 978-0-901461-57-5. OCLC 612226077.
  • Robinson, Peter W. (2002). Cumbria's Lost Railways. Stenlake Publishing. ISBN 1 84033 205 0.
  • Robinson, Peter W. (August 1995). Peascod, Michael (ed.). "Maryport & Carlisle 150". Cumbrian Railways. Pinner: Cumbrian Railways Association. 5 (12). ISSN 1466-6812.
  • Robinson, Peter W. (1985). Railways of Cumbria. Clapham, via Lancaster: Dalesman Books. ISBN 0 85206 815 8.
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Preceding station Historical railways Following station
Station closed, line open
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Station open, line open