- Carnforth railway station
Infobox UK station
name = Carnforth
borough = Lancaster
platforms = 2
lowusage0405 = 149,649
lowusage0506 = 157,240
lowusage0607 = 150,824
Carnforth railway station is a
railway stationthat serves the town of Carnforthin Lancashire. The building was designed by architect William Titeand was famously used as the location in the 1945 film " Brief Encounter". It is now operated by TransPennine Express.
Carnforth station was opened in 1846 by the
Lancaster and Carlisle RailwayCompany (LCRC). It originally had a single platform and was a second-class station. It became a junction in 1857 when it was adjoined to the Ulverston and Lancaster Railwayas its terminus. Soon afterwards, the Furness Railwaybegan operating to Carnforth.
The station was enlarged during the 1870s and in 1880 was able to receive trains from the
Midland Railway. Meanwhile, the LCRC had been taken over by the London and North Western RailwayCompany (LNWR) and Carnforth was under joint management by Furness, Midland and LNWR. Station personnel wore a uniform with the initials CJS for Carnforth: Joint Station.
A major rebuilding project, including a new 300 yard platform, took place in 1938 with government funding.
Brief Encounter" was filmed there in February 1945. The station clock became a powerful icon through repeated use in the film.
West Coast Main Lineplatforms were closed in May 1970 and the platform walls facing the fast lines were demolished. Carnforth effectively became a branch line station.
After lying in a semi-derelict state for many years the railway station buildings were rejuvenated between 2000 and 2003.
There is now a visitor centre as well as the "Brief Encounter" Refreshment Room, a number of shops and a travel/ticket office.
Carnforth is served by two train operators.
TransPennine Expressoperate regional express services from Manchester Airportto Barrow-in-Furnessvia the Furness Line.
Northern Railoperate local services along the Furness Lineto Barrow-in-Furness, and the Leeds to Morecambe Lineto Skiptonand Leeds. Some services continue beyond Barrow to Sellafieldor Carlislevia the Cumbrian Coast Line. Northern Rail services are operated using diesel multiple units of Classes 142, 144; very occasionally Classes 150, 153, 156 and 158 make an appearance. Carnforth is also the headquarters of the West Coast Railway Company.
The edges of the through platforms that served the
West Coast Main Linehave been demolished and bartered back making them no longer usable.
* [http://www.carnforth-station.co.uk An extensive website about Carnforth Railway Station]
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