Oxenholme Lake District railway station

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Not to be confused with Oxenhope railway station.
Oxenholme Lake District National Rail
Oxenholme Lake District railway station in spring 2013 (1).JPG
Place Oxenholme
Local authority District of South Lakeland
Coordinates 54°18′18″N 2°43′19″W / 54.305°N 2.722°W / 54.305; -2.722Coordinates: 54°18′18″N 2°43′19″W / 54.305°N 2.722°W / 54.305; -2.722
Grid reference SD531901
Station code OXN
Managed by Virgin Trains
Number of platforms 3
DfT category D
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05   0.260 million
2005/06 Increase 0.267 million
2006/07 Increase 0.310 million
2007/08 Increase 0.333 million
2008/09 Increase 0.350 million
2009/10 Increase 0.380 million
2010/11 Increase 0.408 million
2011/12 Increase 0.436 million
2012/13 Decrease 0.421 million
2013/14 Increase 0.436 million
2014/15 Increase 0.489 million
- Interchange   0.245 million
Original company Lancaster and Carlisle Railway[1]
Pre-grouping London and North Western Railway
Post-grouping London, Midland and Scottish Railway
July 1847 Opened as Kendal Junction[1]
c. 1860 Renamed Oxenholme[1]
1988 Renamed Oxenholme The Lake District[1]
National RailUK railway stations


* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Oxenholme Lake District from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Oxenholme Lake District railway station (often shortened to Oxenholme) is a railway station in Oxenholme, near Kendal, in Cumbria, England. The station is situated on the West Coast Main Line and is also the start of the Windermere Branch Line to Windermere. Platforms 1 and 2 are on the electrified main line, whilst platform 3 for the Windermere branch is not electrified at present and cannot be used as a terminus for main line trains that are powered by the overhead lines. The station serves as a main line connection point for Kendal, and is managed by Virgin Trains.[2]

Oxenholme has the distinction of being the only village station currently served by express trains on the West Coast Main Line, with all the other stations on this route serving either towns or cities.


Most Virgin Trains services from London to Glasgow or Edinburgh call here to provide connections with the Windermere branch. There is normally a train at least every two hours to London and every hour to Edinburgh or Glasgow. First TransPennine Express services between Manchester Airport and Windermere/Glasgow/Edinburgh also serve the station, although most Windermere services now start/terminate here rather than running through to Lancaster, Preston and Manchester Airport.

Notable incidents[edit]

On 10 February 1965 fugitive John Middleton shot two policemen while hiding in the waiting room. Carlisle policemen George Russell and Alex Archibald were shot with Russell dying in hospital a few hours later.[3]

On 27 May 2006 the station was the scene of a murder when a 19-year-old man was stabbed aboard a Glasgow-Paignton train as it was coming into the station. A 22-year-old man was subsequently jailed for 21 years for the murder in November 2006.[4]

The Grayrigg rail crash happened on 23 February 2007 when a Virgin Pendolino train derailed after it had just left Oxenholme Lake District railway station. The crash left 1 person dead, and 22 others injured.[5]

In fiction[edit]

Oxenholme station appears in the Swallows and Amazons series of children's books by Arthur Ransome as Strickland Junction.[6] In Pigeon Post Roger releases a homing pigeon there.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d 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. ^ National Rail Enquiries (2 December 2007). "Station Facilities: Oxenholme Lake District (OXN)". National Rail Enquiries. Retrieved 2007-12-02. 
  3. ^ Deborah Kuiper (28 December 2007). "Hero PC dies". Hexham Courant. Retrieved 2008-03-15. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Life sentence for train murder of student". The Guardian (Guardian News and Media Limited). 11 October 2006. Retrieved 2007-12-02. 
  5. ^ "How Cumbria rail crash unfolded". BBC News. 24 February 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-02. 
  6. ^ Christina Hardyment Arthur Ransome and Capt. Flint's Trunk, Jonathan Cape 1984

External links[edit]

Preceding station   National Rail National Rail   Following station
Lancaster   Virgin Trains
West Coast Main Line
  Penrith North Lakes or
Lancaster   First TransPennine Express
TransPennine North West
Terminus   First TransPennine Express
Windermere Branch Line