Dalton railway station

Dalton is a railway station on the Furness Line, which runs between Barrow-in-Furness and Lancaster. The station, situated 5 miles (8 km) north-east of Barrow-in-Furness, serves the town of Dalton-in-Furness in Cumbria. It is owned by Network Rail and managed by Northern Trains.

Dalton
National Rail
Furness Line, Dalton Railway Station (geograph 6588014).jpg
General information
LocationDalton-in-Furness, Borough of Barrow-in-Furness
England
Coordinates54°09′15″N 3°10′44″W / 54.1542260°N 3.1788365°W / 54.1542260; -3.1788365Coordinates: 54°09′15″N 3°10′44″W / 54.1542260°N 3.1788365°W / 54.1542260; -3.1788365
Grid referenceSD231737
Owned byNetwork Rail
Managed byNorthern Trains
Platforms2
Tracks2
Other information
Station codeDLT
ClassificationDfT category F2
History
Original companyFurness Railway
Pre-groupingFurness Railway
Post-groupingLondon, Midland and Scottish Railway
British Rail (London Midland Region)
Key dates
24 August 1846 (1846-08-24)Opened
Passengers
2016/17Increase 76,690
2017/18Decrease 73,378
2018/19Decrease 64,192
2019/20Increase 77,968
2020/21Decrease 25,286
Location
Dalton is located in the Borough of Barrow-in-Furness
Dalton
Dalton
Dalton is located in Cumbria
Dalton
Dalton
Location in Cumbria, England
Notes
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road

HistoryEdit

Construction of the Furness Railway was authorised in May 1844.[1] It was opened in stages: the line between Dalton and Barrow was in use (on an unofficial basis) by 3 June 1846, as was the line between Salthouse Junction and Piel. A line between Dalton and Kirkby was opened on 12 August 1846, when the earlier sections were officially opened.[2] Dalton station was opened to passengers on 24 August 1846.[3] An eastward extension from Dalton to Ulverston was authorised on 27 July 1846; it did not open until April 1854.[4]

The station once had three platforms, however only two are in use today. The disused one is adjacent to the Barrow-bound platform and separated by a wooden fence. The area is now very overgrown and inaccessible to the public.

FacilitiesEdit

The station is unstaffed, with a card only ticket machine on the southbound side - passengers have to obtain a promise to pay notice to pay by cash on board the train.[5] Digital signs and timetable posters are provided on each platform for train running information purposes. The station buildings are no longer in rail use, though shelters are located on each side. Access to the platforms is either via steps from the over bridge at the south end or via paths from adjacent public roads (the latter are step-free).[6]

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      

It receives a roughly hourly service (Mon-Sat) to Lancaster via Ulverston and to Barrow-in-Furness. Most trains continue to Preston and Manchester Airport southbound and some continue to Carlisle via Millom northbound. On Sundays, there is also an hourly service each way, with a few through trains and from Carlisle since the summer 2018 timetable change[7]

Freight diversionary lineEdit

Freight trains for the Cumbrian Coast line (most notably Nuclear Reprocessing traffic) leave the line about a kilometre west of Dalton and take the direct line northwards to Askam. This route (the original 1846 line from Kirkby-in-Furness to Dalton) avoids having to go through Barrow station.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Rush, Robert W. (1973). The Furness Railway 1843-1923. The Oakwood Library of Railway History. Lingfield: Oakwood Press. p. 19. OL35.
  2. ^ Rush 1973, pp. 20, 21
  3. ^ Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 76. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508.
  4. ^ Rush 1973, pp. 21, 24
  5. ^ Dalton (Cumbria) Station Details Northern; Retrieved 25 November 2016
  6. ^ NRE - Dalton Station Details National Rail Enquiries ; Retrieved 25 November 2016
  7. ^ Table 82 National Rail timetable, December 2019

External linksEdit

Preceding station   National Rail Following station
Roose   Northern Trains
Cumbria–Manchester Airport
  Ulverston
Roose   Northern Trains
Furness Line
  Ulverston
  Historical railways  
Furness Abbey   Furness Railway   Lindal