Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway
|Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway|
|Name||Ulverston to Lakeside Line|
|Built by||Furness Railway|
|Original gauge||4 ft 8+1⁄2 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge|
|Operated by||Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway|
|Length||3.2 mi (5.1 km)|
|Preserved gauge||4 ft 8+1⁄2 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge|
|Opened||1 June 1869|
|Closed||6 September 1965|
|Opened||2 May 1973|
The L&HR runs from Haverthwaite at the southern end of the line via Newby Bridge to Lakeside at the southern end of Windermere. Some services are timed to connect with sailings of the diesel excursion vessels or steam vessels on Windermere, sailing from Lakeside to Bowness and Ambleside.
Furness Railway operation of the branch line
The railway is a former branch line of the Furness Railway (FR) and was opened on 1 June 1869. The line was served by local passenger trains which started their journey at Ulverston on the FR's mainline from Carnforth to Barrow-in-Furness. The FR branch trains travelled east to the triangular junction at Plumpton and then turned north via Greenodd and on to stations at Haverthwaite, Newby Bridge halt and Lakeside. The FR's weekdays passenger service in July 1922 comprised eight trains in each direction. There were advertised train-to-boat connections that were established in 1869. During the summer season, excursion trains from Lancashire and elsewhere used the east-to-north side of Plumpton Junction to reach Lakeside, where their passengers joined the boat sailings on the lake.
Closure of the branch and re-opening by L&HR
A group of enthusiasts chaired by Dr Peter Beet formed the Lakeside Railway Estates Company, with the idea of preserving both the line and the former LMS 10A locomotive shed at Carnforth, to provide a complete steam operating system. However, although backed by then transport minister Barbara Castle, the need to build a number of motorway bridges and re-routing of the A590 road from Haverthwaite via Greenodd to Plumpton Junction, meant that the complete vision was unsuccessful. Beet acquired 10A in partnership with Sir William McAlpine, 6th Baronet, which became the visitor attraction Steamtown from 1967. The venture folded as a public access visitor attraction in 1997, but the preserved site was taken over by businessman David Smith to become the base for his West Coast Railway Company.
Resultantly, Austin Maher became chairman of the LREC, which then re-opened the truncated 3.5-mile (5.6 km) L&HR as a heritage railway on 2 May 1973. Maher and fellow L&HR director Jim Morris each bought one LMS 2-6-4T Class 4MT, Nos. 42073 (Maher) and 42085 (Morris), which eventually restored as L&HR Nos. 3 and 4 became the lines core steam power units.
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|OS Grid Ref||Notes|
|Newby Bridge Halt||SD366864|
In Christopher Awdry's book "Thomas & Victoria", the Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway is featured as part of the railway route where Victoria worked before going to Sodor. In the Thomas the Tank Engine TV series, the railway was filmed for a series of short educational segments entitled "Down at the Station."
In the adaptation of Agatha Christie's novel, Dumb Witness, by ITV for its television series, Agatha Christie's Poirot, the opening scene was filmed at the Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway, at the Lakeside terminus.
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|1245||1911||Barclay||0-6-0T||National Coal Board||often known as Thomas by staff; painted in NCB dark blue|
|2333 David||1953||Barclay||0-4-0ST||Millom Ironworks||boiler ticker expires in 2029; painted in maroon lined out in black and yellow|
|2682 Princess||1942||Bagnall||0-6-0ST||Preston Docks||boiler ticket expires in 2029; painted in dark blue lined out in black and red|
|2996||1951||Bagnall||0-6-0ST "Victor"||Port Talbot Steelworks||boiler ticket expires in 2024; painted in maroon lined out in black and yellow|
|3794 Repulse||1950||Hunslet||0-6-0ST WD Austerity Tank||War Department||boiler ticket expires in 2026; painted in lined black|
|42073||1950||LMS||2-6-4T Class 4MT||returned to service in 2014; painted BR black with late crest|
|42085||1951||LMS||2-6-4T Class 4MT||undergoing overhaul; painted BR black with early emblem|
|46441||1951||LMS||2-6-0 Class 2MT||awaiting overhaul; painted BR maroon with late crest|
|Formerly based at Haverthwaite|
|5||1929||Hudswell Clarke||0-6-0ST works Nº 1631||acquired November 1970|
|6||1919||Hudswell Clarke||0-6-0ST works Nº 1366||Renishaw Ironworks 6||acquired November 1970|
|1550 Sir James||1917||Barclay||0-4-0F||on static display at HM Factory, Gretna|
|1900||1936||Peckett||0-4-0T||operated during the summer of 1983|
|3794 Cumbria||1953||Hunslet||0-6-0ST Austerity Tank||operational at the Ribble Steam Railway in Preston; boiler ticket expires in May 2025; painted in FR red|
|44806 Magpie||1944||Derby Works||4-6-0 Stanier Class 5||British Railways||acquired November 1970; moved to Steamport Southport; now at North Yorkshire Moors Railway with plans to return to the mainline|
|8||1959||British Rail||0-6-0DM Class 03||British Rail D2117||operational|
|20||1952||Jones||0-4-0 KL100 crane||operational|
|AD601||1945||British Rail||0-6-0DE Class 11||British Rail||operational; ex-Industrial lookalike|
|D2072||1959||British Rail||0-6-0DM Class 03||British Rail TOPS 03 072||operational;|
|D5301||1958||Birmingham||Bo-Bo Class 26||British Rail||operational|
|20 214||1967||English Electric||Bo-Bo Class 20||British Rail||operational|
|52071+52077||1961||Birmingham/Drewry||Class 110 DMU||British Rail||operational|
|Rachel||1924||Motor Rail & Tram Car Co.||0-4-0||Burneside Paper Mills Tramway||on display, undergoing restoration|
- 5 BR Mk. 1 Tourist Standard Open coaches
- 2 BR Mk. 1 Second Corridor coaches
- 2 BR Mk. 1 Brake Second Corridor coaches
- 1 BR Mk. 1 Brake Standard Open coach
- Selection of assorted goods vehicles
- 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 978-1-85260-508-7. OCLC 60251199.
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