Workington Bridge railway station

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Workington Bridge
Location
Place Workington (Northside)
Area Allerdale
Coordinates 54°38′51″N 3°32′25″W / 54.6474°N 3.5402°W / 54.6474; -3.5402Coordinates: 54°38′51″N 3°32′25″W / 54.6474°N 3.5402°W / 54.6474; -3.5402
Grid reference NY007291
Operations
Original company Cockermouth & Workington Railway
Pre-grouping London and North Western Railway
Post-grouping London, Midland and Scottish Railway
Platforms 2[1][2][3]
History
? May 1847 Opened
1 January 1951 Closed[4]
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
A B C D–F G H–J K–L M–O P–R S T–V W–Z
170433 at Edinburgh Waverley.JPG UK Railways portal
Railway stations in Workington
Cumbrian Coast Line
to Carlisle
Cleator and Workington Junction Railway
to Linefoot
Calva Junction
Workington North
Cockermouth and Workington Railway
to Cockermouth
Workington Bridge
Steel Works
Derwent Junction
River Derwent
Cloffocks Junction
Workington
Workington Central
Cumbrian Coast Line
to Whitehaven
Cleator and Workington Junction Railway
to Distington
A 1914 Railway Clearing House Junction Diagram showing the complex network which existed in the Workington area

Workington Bridge railway station was situated at the northern end of Workington Bridge next to the River Derwent, and was originally served by the Cockermouth and Workington Railway, later absorbed by the London and North Western Railway; the road at the north end of the bridge having to be raised to allow the railway to pass under it.[5] It served eastern Workington, Cumbria, England.[6][7]

History[edit]

The railway opened on 27 April 1847, but did not originally include a station at Workington Bridge;the only intermediate stations were at Camerton and Brigham.[8] Travellers to Workington were carried into the existing station on the coast line; this was convenient for the harbour, but, as a letter to a local paper promptly pointed out, this meant a long (uphill) trudge to the market place, which could be avoided if trains stopped to let down and pick passengers at the bridge.[9] The suggestion was soon acted upon, a local paper in June 1847 containing the following paragraph:

We are glad to perceive that the letter which appeared in our columns about a month ago, addressed to the Directors of the Cockermouth and Workington Railway, pointing out the great accommodation to the public and the advantages to the company by the establishing of a station at the bridge, near Workington, has had the desired effect. The trains now stop daily at the bridge, where passengers can be booked whether intending to proceed up or down the line. The arrangement is a good one, and we have no doubt but the company will be rewarded for having adopted it - both financially and in the good opinion of the public for having shown so prompt a willingness to meet their wishes[10]

The station closed completely on 1 January 1951.

Afterlife[edit]

By 2015 the station site was obliterated. The bridge which gave the station its name had been rebuilt and had assumed greater importance after it and several neighbours were condemned or destroyed in the 2009 Workington floods.

Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Camerton
Line and station closed
  London and North Western Railway
Cockermouth & Workington Railway
  Workington Main
on Cumbrian Coast Line

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Marshall 1981, Opposite p.158.
  2. ^ Suggitt 2008, p. 78.
  3. ^ Webb September 1964, p. 678.
  4. ^ Butt 1995, p. 255.
  5. ^ "Bridgemaster's Report". Carlisle Patriot. 9 January 1846. p. 3. 
  6. ^ Smith & Turner 2012, Map 26.
  7. ^ Jowett 2000, Map 36.
  8. ^ "Opening of the Cockermouth and Workington Railway". Carlisle Patriot. 30 April 1847. p. 2. 
  9. ^ letter from 'A Shareholder' (dated 28 April 1847; the first day of normal services)"To the Directors of the Cockermouth and Workington Railway". Cumberland Pacquet, and Ware's Whitehaven Advertiser. 4 May 1847. p. 4. 
  10. ^ "untitled paragraph". Cumberland Pacquet, and Ware's Whitehaven Advertiser. 8 June 1847. p. 2. 

Sources[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • British Railways Pre-Grouping Atlas And Gazetteer. Shepperton: Ian Allan Publishing. 1997 [1958]. ISBN 0-7110-0320-3. 
  • Anderson, Paul (April 2002). Hawkins, Chris, ed. "Dog in the Manger? The Track of the Ironmasters". British Railways Illustrated. Clophill: Irwell Press Ltd. 11 (7). 
  • Bairstow, Martin (1995). Railways In The Lake District. Martin Bairstow. ISBN 1-871944-11-2. 
  • Bowtell, Harold D. (1989). Rails through Lakeland: An Illustrated Journey of the Workington-Cockermouth-Keswick-Penrith Railway 1847-1972. Wyre, Lancashire: Silverling Publishing Ltd. ISBN 0-947971-26-2. 
  • Joy, David (1983). Lake Counties (Regional History of the Railways of Great Britain). Newton Abbot: David & Charles. ISBN 094653702X. 
  • McGowan Gradon, W. (2004) [1952]. The Track of the Ironmasters: A History of the Cleator and Workington Junction Railway. Grange-over-Sands: Cumbrian Railways Association. ISBN 0-9540232-2-6. 
  • Webb, David R. (October 1964). Cooke, B.W.C., ed. "Between the Solway and Sellafield: Part Two". The Railway Magazine. London: Tothill Press Limited. 110 (762). 
  • Western, Robert (2001). The Cockermouth, Keswick and Penrith Railway OL113. Usk: Oakwood Press. ISBN 0-85361-564-0. 

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