Braystones railway station

Braystones is a railway station on the Cumbrian Coast Line, which runs between Carlisle and Barrow-in-Furness. The station, situated 37 miles (60 km) north-west of Barrow-in-Furness, serves the villages of Beckermet and Braystones in Cumbria. It is owned by Network Rail and managed by Northern Trains.

Braystones
National Rail
Railway at Braystones (geograph 1680910).jpg
General information
LocationBraystones, Copeland
England
Coordinates54°26′22″N 3°32′31″W / 54.4394814°N 3.5419885°W / 54.4394814; -3.5419885Coordinates: 54°26′22″N 3°32′31″W / 54.4394814°N 3.5419885°W / 54.4394814; -3.5419885
Grid referenceNY000060
Owned byNetwork Rail
Managed byNorthern Trains
Platforms1
Tracks1
Other information
Station codeBYS
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
19 July 1849Opened
Passengers
2016/17Decrease 956
2017/18Increase 992
2018/19Increase 1,036
2019/20Increase 1,374
2020/21Decrease 354
Location
Braystones is located in the Borough of Copeland
Braystones
Braystones
Location in Copeland, Cumbria
Braystones is located in Cumbria
Braystones
Braystones
Location in Cumbria, England
Notes
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road

The station is an unstaffed request stop. It is situated directly on the coast in a remote location. Pearson's 1992 railway guide is moved to comment, "The tiny halts at Braystones and Nethertown are as remote as anything British Rail has to offer...".[1]

HistoryEdit

 
A 1903 Railway Clearing House Junction Diagram, showing (right) railways in the vicinity of Braystones.
 
Looking north-west towards Whitehaven, as photographed in September 1961.

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.[2] It was opened in stages, and the first section, that between Whitehaven and Ravenglass opened either on 1 June 1849[3] or on 21 July 1849.[4] The station was host to four LMS caravans from 1937 to 1939.[5]

The station buildings are still extant however are in private ownership. As of June 2021 the old station building is called Platform 9 3/4. A bus-stop style shelter is provided on the single platform.

ServiceEdit

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      

As of the 15 December 2019 timetable (still current at May 2021), five trains call in each direction (on request) from Monday to Friday, with one extra train in each directiom on Saturdays. There is no late evening service, but a limited Sunday service of four trains in each direction (on request) was introduced at the May 2018 timetable change;[6] the first to run over this section since 1976.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Pearson's Railway Rides, The Cumbrian Coast. J M Pearson & Son, Staffs, 1992.
  2. ^ Rush, Robert W. (1973). The Furness Railway 1843-1923. The Oakwood Library of Railway History. Lingfield: Oakwood Press. pp. 33–34. OL35.
  3. ^ Rush 1973, p. 34
  4. ^ Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. pp. 42, 195, 248. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ Table 100 National Rail timetable, May 2018

External linksEdit

Preceding station   National Rail Following station
Nethertown   Northern Trains
Cumbrian Coast Line
  Sellafield
  Historical railways  
Nethertown   Whitehaven and Furness Junction Railway   Sellafield