Bootle railway station

Bootle is a railway station on the Cumbrian Coast Line, which runs between Carlisle and Barrow-in-Furness. The station, situated 24 miles (39 km) north-west of Barrow-in-Furness, serves the village of Bootle in Cumbria. It is owned by Network Rail and managed by Northern Trains.

Bootle

Bootle (Cumbria)
National Rail
Bootle (Cumbria) railway station (geograph 3558750).jpg
General information
LocationBootle, Copeland
England
Coordinates54°17′28″N 3°23′38″W / 54.2911824°N 3.3938202°W / 54.2911824; -3.3938202Coordinates: 54°17′28″N 3°23′38″W / 54.2911824°N 3.3938202°W / 54.2911824; -3.3938202
Grid referenceSD093892
Owned byNetwork Rail
Managed byNorthern Trains
Platforms2
Tracks2
Other information
Station codeBOC
ClassificationDfT category F2
History
Original companyWhitehaven and Furness Junction Railway
Pre-groupingFurness Railway
Post-groupingLondon, Midland and Scottish Railway
British Rail (London Midland Region)
Key dates
8 July 1850Opened
Passengers
2016/17Decrease 11,850
2017/18Decrease 10,870
2018/19Increase 13,386
2019/20Increase 17,226
2020/21Decrease 4,616
Location
Bootle is located in the Borough of Copeland
Bootle
Bootle
Location in Copeland, Cumbria
Bootle is located in Cumbria
Bootle
Bootle
Location in Cumbria, England
Notes
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road

HistoryEdit

The Whitehaven and Furness Junction Railway was authorised in 1847 for a line which would link the town of Whitehaven with the Furness Railway at Broughton-in-Furness.[1] It was opened in stages, and the section between Ravenglass and Bootle opened on 8 July 1850.[2][3] The last section between Bootle and Broughton-in-Furness was opened for passenger services 1 November 1850,[4] with trains carrying Lord Lonsdale and invited guests having travelled over the section on at least two occasions in October.

 
The station buildings, as photographed in July 1998

FacilitiesEdit

 
The Grade II-listed signal box, as photographed in October 2005.

The station had a coal depot, a goods yard with a shed and 5 ton crane, the yard was able to accommodate live stock, horse and cattle vans.[5][6] The station was host to a LMS caravan in 1936.[7]

It has retained its main buildings, being the stationmaster's house waiting rooms and restrooms but these are now two private residences and the station is unstaffed. The station clock is original and still works.

The buildings are built from red granite and sandstone. Originally the design was used on many of the stations on the Cumbrian Coast Line but today only three exist. This one, Drigg and Ravenglass.

There were no ticket facilities prior to 2019, but a ticket vending machine has now been installed by Northern to allow passenger to buy before boarding.

Shelters are present on both platforms, with the wooden one on the northbound side being the more substantial of the two.

A level crossing with hand-operated gates (and supervising signal box) links the platforms, which both have step-free access from the road.

The signal box c. 1874 is a Furness Railway Type 1 design and retains a London Midland Region lever frame of 15 levers installed in 1977. and was listed in November 2013 under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.

Train running information can be obtained by telephone, digital display screens or from timetable posters.[8]

ServicesEdit

Northern Trains
Route 6
Cumbrian Coast, Furness
and Windermere Lines
 
Carlisle      
 
Dalston  
 
Wigton    
 
Aspatria    
 
Maryport    
 
Flimby
 
Workington  
 
Harrington  
 
Parton  
 
Whitehaven    
 
Corkickle
 
St Bees  
 
Nethertown  
 
Braystones
 
Sellafield  
 
Seascale    
 
Drigg
 
Ravenglass for Eskdale  
 
Bootle  
 
Silecroft
 
Millom    
 
Green Road  
 
Foxfield
 
Kirkby-in-Furness  
 
Askam  
 
Barrow-in-Furness    
 
Roose
 
Dalton  
 
Ulverston      
 
Cark & Cartmel  
 
Kents Bank
 
Grange-over-Sands      
 
Arnside  
 
Silverdale  
 
Carnforth  
 
 
 
Windermere  
 
 
Staveley  
 
 
Burneside  
 
 
Kendal    
 
 
Oxenholme Lake District    
 
 
 
Lancaster      
 
Preston      
 
Wigan North Western    
 
Manchester Oxford Road
 
Manchester Piccadilly        
 
Mauldeth Road  
 
Burnage  
 
East Didsbury    
 
Gatley      
 
Heald Green  
 
Manchester Airport      

Monday to Saturdays there is generally an hourly (with some longer gaps in the early morning and afternoon) request service southbound to Barrow and northbound towards Whitehaven and Carlisle. Some services continue beyond Barrow via the Furness Line to Lancaster.[9] The timetable now operates later into the evening than before since the summer 2018 timetable came into effect.

A Sunday service (broadly hourly each way from late morning until 19:00) now operates - this was introduced at the May 2018 timetable change

Explosion on 22 March 1945Edit

At about 22:17 on 22 March 1945 a wagon containing depth charges in a southbound freight train caught fire on approaching Bootle. The train crew, driver H. Goodall and fireman Herbert Norman Stubbs, on becoming aware of the fire, stopped the train south of Bootle station. Despite the fierce fire, the crew isolated the burning wagon by uncoupling the rear portion of the train, then drawing it forward to before uncoupling the burning wagon. With the wagon isolated, the fireman went forward to protect the northbound line while the driver went back in a possible attempt to fight the fire. At this point the depth charges violently exploded, killing the driver and creating a crater 105 feet long to a depth of 50 feet. The line was closed for three days whilst the crater was filled in and the track relaid.

Stubbs was subsequently awarded the George Medal and the Order of Industrial Heroism.[10][11][12]

See alsoEdit

 
Looking south towards Barrow-in-Furness, as photographed in October 1966.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Rush, Robert W. (1973). The Furness Railway 1843-1923. The Oakwood Library of Railway History. Lingfield: Oakwood Press. pp. 33–34. OL35.
  2. ^ Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 39. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508.
  3. ^ "Opening of the Railway to Bootle". Cumberland Pacquet, and Ware's Whitehaven Advertiser. 9 July 1850. p. 3.
  4. ^ "Local Intelligence". Carlisle Patriot. 2 November 1850. p. 2.
  5. ^ "Bootle station on OS 25inch map Cumberland LXXXV.11 (Bootle)". National Library of Scotland. 1863. Retrieved 9 June 2020.
  6. ^ The Railway Clearing House (1970) [1904]. The Railway Clearing House Handbook of Railway Stations 1904 (1970 D&C Reprint ed.). Newton Abbot: David & Charles Reprints. p. 69. ISBN 0-7153-5120-6.
  7. ^ McRae, Andrew (1997). British Railway Camping Coach Holidays: The 1930s & British Railways (London Midland Region). Vol. Scenes from the Past: 30 (Part One). Foxline. p. 22. ISBN 1-870119-48-7.
  8. ^ Bootle (Cumbria) station facilities National Rail Enquiries; Retrieved 2 December 2016
  9. ^ Table 100 National Rail timetable, December 2019
  10. ^ Braniff, P.V. (June 2000). "I Owe My life to Harold". Life Saving Awards Research Society Journal (39): 36–38.
  11. ^ "(unknown)" (PDF). North West Evening Mail. 20 March 2015. Retrieved 22 May 2019. {{cite news}}: Cite uses generic title (help)
  12. ^ "Herbert Norman Stubbs Fireman Ammunition Train Explosion 22nd March 1945". Cumbria Railways. Retrieved 22 May 2019.

External linksEdit

Preceding station   National Rail Following station
Ravenglass   Northern Trains
Cumbrian Coast Line
  Silecroft
  Historical railways  
Eskmeals   Whitehaven and Furness Junction Railway   Silecroft