Island Road railway station

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Island Road or Barrow Shipyard
Location
Place Barrow-in-Furness
Area South Lakeland
Coordinates 54°06′11″N 3°13′36″W / 54.1030°N 3.2267°W / 54.1030; -3.2267Coordinates: 54°06′11″N 3°13′36″W / 54.1030°N 3.2267°W / 54.1030; -3.2267
Grid reference SD 19886 68153
Operations
Original company Furness Railway
Pre-grouping Furness Railway
Post-grouping London Midland and Scottish Railway
Platforms 2[1]
History
1 May 1899 Station opened
5 July 1967 Closed completely[2]
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
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170433 at Edinburgh Waverley.JPG UK Railways portal
Site of the former station, the strip of grass running the length of Island Road marks the route of the original rail line

Island Road railway station (also known as Barrow Shipyard[3] and locally simply as Shipyard station[4]) was a railway station at the centre of Barrow Island, Barrow-in-Furness, England which operated between 1899 and 1967.[5][6] It was built by the Furness Railway near the junction of the Ramsden Branch Line and a line which ran through the industrial areas of the town.[7]

The station was never intended for general public use. In 1901 it carried more than 1700 workers daily on workmen's trains to the Vickers shipyard and the surrounding company housing. These trains ran from Millom, Grange-over-Sands and Coniston. Initially the station had just one platform, but a second was added in 1915.[8]

A limited publicly advertised service had started by 1915 and excursion trains for Rugby League matches and Sunday School outings called.

The station and associated workmen's trains survived until the closure of Buccleugh Dock bridge on 31 December 1966 which cut access to the site.[8] The station and line have both since been demolished, although two metal posts that formed the entrance to the south-bound platform have been preserved.

Preceding station Historical railways Following station
Barrow-in-Furness Central
Line closed, station open
  Furness Railway   Ramsden Dock
Line and station closed

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gilbert & Knight 1975, Plate 92.
  2. ^ Butt 1995, p. 128.
  3. ^ Croughton, Kidner & Young 1982, p. 89.
  4. ^ Norman 1994, pp. 32-33.
  5. ^ Broughton 1996, p. 36.
  6. ^ "The Furness Railway". Cumbrian Railways. Retrieved 13 February 2015. 
  7. ^ Station site, but station not shown National Library of Scotland
  8. ^ a b Norman 1994, p. 33.

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