Langwathby railway station

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Langwathby National Rail
Settle to Carlisle Railway - Langwathby station (14255191882).jpg
Location
Place Langwathby
Local authority Eden
Grid reference NY573334
Operations
Station code LGW
Managed by Northern
Number of platforms 2
DfT category F2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2011/12 Increase 26,642
2012/13 Decrease 24,752
2013/14 Decrease 24,350
2014/15 Decrease 22,832
2015/16 Decrease 17,870
History
1876 opened
1970 closed
1986 opened
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Langwathby from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Langwathby railway station is a railway station which serves the village of Langwathby in Cumbria, England. It is operated by Northern who provide all passenger train services.

History[edit]

The station was built by the Midland Railway and opened in 1876. The station was designed by the Midland Railway company architect John Holloway Sanders.[1] It closed when local stopping trains over the Settle-Carlisle Line were withdrawn in May 1970, but was reopened by British Rail in July 1986.

Facilities[edit]

The Carlisle-bound (down) station building has been converted into the Brief Encounter Tea Rooms and an antique shop. An enclosed bus-shelter style waiting room has been provided at the Carlisle end of the platform (a stone shelter is also present on the Leeds-bound platform). Step-free access is available to both platforms via ramps from the road below. [2] Tickets must be purchased in advance or on the train, as no ticket office or machines are available (the station being unstaffed). Train running information is available via timetable posters or telephone.

The relatively high usage passenger figures for the station may be explained by its proximity (5¾ miles) to Penrith.[citation needed]

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • On 6 March 1930, a passenger train departed from Culgaith station against signals and was in collision with a ballast train. Two people were killed and four were seriously injured.[3]

Services[edit]

Six trains in each direction call at Langwathby on weekdays and three trains in each direction on Sundays. The station is also served by a single DalesRail train from Preston & Blackpool North to Carlisle (and return) on Sundays during the summer months.[4]

Services through to Carlisle were suspended from 9 February 2016 (until March 2017) by a landslip at Eden Brow (near Armathwaite), which destabilised the embankment on the eastern side of the railway where it passes through the Eden Gorge. An emergency timetable was in operation, with trains only operating as far as Armathwaite (with a bus link to Carlisle) northbound and Appleby southbound until repairs were completed in the spring of 2017.[5] Following the successful completion of the repair work, the regular timetable resumed on 31 March 2017.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Notes by the Way.". Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald. British Newspaper Archive. 1 November 1884. Retrieved 12 July 2016 – via British Newspaper Archive. (Subscription required (help)). 
  2. ^ Langwathby station facilities National Rail Enquiries; Retrieved 5 December 2016
  3. ^ Hall, Stanley (1990). The Railway Detectives. London: Ian Allan. p. 95. ISBN 0 7110 1929 0. 
  4. ^ GB National Rail Timetable December 2016; Table 42
  5. ^ Landslip-hit Settle-to-Carlisle line section shut until 2017BBC News; Retrieved 7 July 2016

External links[edit]

Preceding station National Rail Following station
Appleby   Northern
Settle-Carlisle Line
  Lazonby & Kirkoswald
Historical railways
Culgaith   Midland Railway
Settle-Carlisle Railway
  Little Salkeld

Coordinates: 54°41′38″N 2°39′50″W / 54.694°N 2.664°W / 54.694; -2.664