Furness Line News



The Gateway Building at Carnforth station has reopened, including Carnforth Models and The Snug. The popular booking office is likely to reopen soon but may still become the victim of funding cuts proposed by Lancashire County Council. Two new businesses are also in the Gateway Building and the Brief Encounter Refreshment Room and Heritage Centre are back to operating as normal - all well worth a visit. 

Emma's Cafe on the promenade in Grange is due to open at the end of March, 2018. This is at the eastern end of the area used by PromArt. There is another cafe at the western end of the PromArt area and both cafe's are accessible by the footbridge over thr railway of after a nice walk alomg the promenade. 

The RSPB Nature Reserve at Leighton Moss, next to Silverdale railway station, is offering half price entry to visitors with valid train tickets. 


          More disruption to train services:

  1)   Strikes are planned by the RMT on the 26th     and 29th March affecting Northern services.

  2)   There will be no TPE trains running north     of  Carlisle on the 31st March and the 2nd April   and no TPE trains running north of Lancaster   on the 1st April, due to engineering work.  

   3)   Industrial action by ASLEF is leading to   the cancellation of some Northern services.   There is also some engineering work on the   line through Bolton affecting services to           Manchester.  Buses may replace some trains. 

Please check before travelling;


The National Rail Enquiries number is 03457 484950  


When visiting Carnforth railway station, don't forget to visit the Brief Encounter Refreshent Room and adjacent Heritage Centre.

The Beach Hut Gallery on Kents Bank stations reopened on the 15th February, 2018 - well worth a visit. 

See the Local Attractions pages for more details.  


PROMART starts again at Grange on Sunday the 29th April and then on the last Sunday of every month until the end of September.

bikestation is now open on Ulverson railway station, in the old tower, for the sale, hire and repair of bikes and for hot drinks. Electric bikes can now be hired as well as a range of other bikes.

For information, see





The "Friends of Kents Bank Station and Foreshore" have produced a Panorama of Morecambe Bay - as seen from Kents Bank station. The new Panorama is situated on the access to the foreshore.

The work of the Friends of Kents Bank Station has been recognised at the annual Community Rail awards. This year they received a Silver Award, building on last year's Bronze Award - Well done to all. 






A new art plaque is now on display at the old shelter on Silverdale station. This picture celebrates the ongoing restoration of the old shelter where the roof has recently been repaired.  The "Friends of Silverdale Station" have been working closely with the Community Rail Partnership, Northern Rail, Network Rail and the RSPB to bring the old shelter back into community use. 


The picture shows Alex Hynes, MD of Northern, (right) talking to Mick Elliott (centre) and Andy Philipson at  Windermere station during the launch of the new franchise on the 1st April, 2016.






Three new signs have been added to the name boards at Silverdale station celebrating the close proximity of the Leighton Moss RSPB  nature reserve. The signs were produce with the help of the Heritage Lottery Fund and other partners including Northern and the CRP. 

The RSPB is keen for more of its 120,000 annual visitors to come by train. 


Northern Rail has installed two new shelters at Dalton station. One replaces the old brick shelter and the other replaces two older metal structures. It is planned to restore the unused rooms in the old station building in the new franchise. 

Northern Rail has now provided 30 minutes free W-Fi at Roose station. 



Great News for the Furness Line.


The 110 art panels at stations along the Cumbrian Community Railway lines won the FIRST PRIZE at the annual Community Rail Awards in Torquay on the 1st October. This is a great tribute to the student artists and their sponsoring businesses. The art has improved the stations along the line for local passengers and visitors.


Winners at the 2015 Community Rail awards in Torquay.

  Tim Owen, Chairman of the Furness Line Community Rail Partnership with children from Flookburgh Cof E Primary School who made the mural for Cark station. This was the final part of the programme to display 110 works of art at stations along the community railway lines in Cumbria. 


More Great News

The gardens at Grange station were also awarded FIRST PRIZE at the Community Rail Awards in the Best Station Garden and Floral Displays category. This was for the work done by the Grange in Bloom Volunteers supported by TransPennine Express and the Furness Line Community Rail Partnership.

The picture to the right shows the prize being accepted by Mick Elliot of TransPennine Express and Jim Trotman, CRP Officer for the line. Making the presentation was Mark Hopwood, CEO of Great Western Railway.  


The award winning gardens at Grange-over-Sands railway station.   


Two new passenger information screens have now been installed at Cark and Dalton stations by Northern Rail. The long term aim is to have them at all their stations along the line and up the Cumbrian coast too.

Left - one of the new information screens at Cark station.




Dalton station also received a Britain-in-Bloom award for its flower displays this year. The Tidy Town Group continues to maintain and improve the flower beds at the station. 






The launch of the new Walks from the Furness Line leaflet at Grange station on the 21st July, 2015. The leaflets are available at many staffed stations and at some tourist information centres.

New CCTV in operation at Dalton station - funded through the Furness Line CRP by ACoRP (Department for Transport and Network Rail money) and Cumbria County Council. 



The views from the top of the Sky Tower extend from the Bay, across the reed beds to the distant limestone hills. 


Below, the new gardens at the back of the RSPB's Leighton Moss visitor centre.


The new Sky Tower at the RSPB's Leighton Moss reserve near Silverdale station.  


The new passenger shelter at Kents Bank station in June 2015 - provided by the Furness Line CRP and funded by Cumbria CC, South Lakeland District Council and a grant from ACoRP.


Cllr Tricia Thomas, Mayor of Grange-over-Sands, unveilling a new sculpture in the gardens at Grange station in April, 2015 .  
An example of the station art at Arnside, Spring 2015.  John Lambert and students from Lancaster & Morecambe College with new art at Silverdale station.