Garsdale railway station

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Garsdale National Rail
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Garsdale railway station
Place Garsdale Head
Local authority South Lakeland
Coordinates 54°19′16″N 2°19′34″W / 54.321°N 2.326°W / 54.321; -2.326Coordinates: 54°19′16″N 2°19′34″W / 54.321°N 2.326°W / 54.321; -2.326
Grid reference SD788918
Station code GSD
Managed by Northern Rail
Number of platforms 2
DfT category F2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05  12,496
2005/06 Decrease 12,186
2006/07 Decrease 11,060
2007/08 Decrease 10,883
2008/09 Increase 11,584
2009/10 Increase 13,124
2010/11 Increase 15,006
2011/12 Decrease 14,850
2012/13 Increase 15,136
2013/14 Increase 16,234
1 August 1876[1] Opened as Hawes Junction
20 January 1900[1] Renamed Hawes Junction and Garsdale
1 September 1932[1] Renamed Garsdale
4 May 1970[1] Closed
14 July 1986[1] Reopened
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Garsdale from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Garsdale railway station is a railway station which serves the immediate hamlet of Garsdale Head, Cumbria, England, together with the valley of Garsdale and the nearby towns of Sedbergh, Cumbria and Hawes, North Yorkshire. It is operated by Northern Rail who provide all passenger train services.

Adjoining the station are sixteen Railway Cottages built for its employees by the Midland Railway around 1876, the year the Settle-Carlisle Line opened. A further six cottages were added near to the Moorcock Inn soon afterwards. In the days of steam-hauled London-Scotland expresses, the locality once boasted the highest water troughs in the world (just along the line at Ling Gill). Unusually, the station waiting room was once used for Anglican church services, and the railway turntable had a wall of sleepers built around it to prevent locomotives being spun by strong winds: this happened in 1900 and was the inspiration for the story 'Tenders and Turntables' in the book 'Troublesome Engines' in The Railway Series by Rev W. Awdry.[2] The Hawes Junction rail crash of 1910 occurred near to the station, which was originally named Hawes Junction, as it was the junction of a branch line to Hawes. This line was closed in 1959, though it is the long-term aim of the Wensleydale Railway to extend their rails along the former route from Redmire to connect with services here, allowing through journeys to Northallerton on the East Coast Main Line.


Garsdale has seen a modest improvement in service levels in recent years, with an extra morning service in each direction. This brings the service level up to that seen at various other stations on the route (such as Langwathby), namely six each way on weekdays & Saturdays and three each way on Sundays.[3] The station is also served by DalesRail trains between Blackpool North/Preston and Carlisle on Sundays during the summer (one train each way in 2013 timetable).

Statue of Ruswarp[edit]

Statue of Ruswarp at Garsdale Railway Station

The southbound platform features a life-size bronze statue of a Border Collie dog named Ruswarp (pronounced /rʌsəp/), which belonged to Graham Nuttall, one of the founding members of the group set up in the 1980s to save the Settle-Carlisle Railway from closure. Nuttall disappeared while walking in the Welsh mountains on 20 January 1990. His body was found on 7 April; Ruswarp had not only survived but had stood guard over his owner's body for 11 weeks. The sculpture by JOEL is a memorial to both Graham Nuttall and Ruswarp and was unveiled on 11 April 2009, 20 years after the line was saved from closure.[4] The station buildings, previously out of use due to leaking roofs, were also reopened to the public as part of the ceremony.[5]


  1. ^ a b c d e Butt, R. V. J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations: details every public and private passenger station, halt, platform and stopping place, past and present (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 1-8526-0508-1. OCLC 60251199. 
  2. ^ The Real Lives of Thomas the Tank Engine Real Stories Database
  3. ^ GB National Rail Timetable 2013-14, Table 36 (Network Rail)
  4. ^ Press Release on the Statue Unveiling and Re-opening of the station buildings Network Rail Media Centre; Retrieved 2009-03-23
  5. ^ [1]

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Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Dent   Northern Rail
Settle-Carlisle Line
  Kirkby Stephen
Disused railways
Terminus   Midland Railway
Hawes Branch
Line and station closed
Heritage Railways  Proposed Heritage railways
Terminus   Wensleydale Railway   Hawes
Line and station closed