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Lockerbie railway station lies on the West Coast Main Line between Carlisle and Carstairs in Lockerbie, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland. It is located 75 miles south of Glasgow Central and 324 miles north of London Euston.

Lockerbie National Rail
Scottish Gaelic: Locarbaidh[1]
Lockerbie station.jpg
The exterior of Lockerbie station
Location
PlaceLockerbie
Local authorityDumfries and Galloway
Coordinates55°07′23″N 3°21′15″W / 55.1231°N 3.3541°W / 55.1231; -3.3541Coordinates: 55°07′23″N 3°21′15″W / 55.1231°N 3.3541°W / 55.1231; -3.3541
Grid referenceNY137817
Operations
Station codeLOC
Managed byAbellio ScotRail
Number of platforms2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2013/14Increase 179,288
2014/15Increase 215,300
2015/16Decrease 205,408
2016/17Increase 250,940
2017/18Increase 257,998
History
Original companyCaledonian Railway
Pre-groupingCaledonian Railway
Post-groupingLMS
10 September 1847Opened
National RailUK railway stations
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Lockerbie from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.

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HistoryEdit

The station was opened along with the first section of the Caledonian Railway's main line from Carlisle in September 1847. The line initially terminated at Beattock, but was completed through to Glasgow & Edinburgh early the following year. A branch line from here to Dumfries via Lochmaben was completed in September 1863 - this was constructed by the independent Dumfries, Lochmaben & Lockerbie Railway, but was absorbed by the Caledonian company two years later. Though this route allowed the Caledonian company to reach Dumfries and thus compete with the rival Glasgow and South Western Railway, it never developed beyond country branch status.

On 4 May 1883, an accident occurred when the branch service from Stranraer via the Dumfries, Lochmaben and Lockerbie Railway passed a signal and entered the station at 11.25pm. It collided at low speed, with a goods train already on the northbound line. This collision, though minor, forced carriages from the goods train onto the southbound line and into the path of the speeding Glasgow Express which smashed into the wreckage and derailed onto the station platform. Seven people were killed, including the driver and fireman of the express. The guard from the express ran down the line to warn another approaching train of the accident and prevented a further collision. There were 300 injuries. The driver of the first train, the Lockerbie station master and the local inspection regime were all criticised for their actions in the subsequent report on the crash.[2]

The branch to Dumfries was closed to passenger services by the British Transport Commission in May 1952. Goods traffic continued until 1966, when the line fell victim to the Beeching Axe. Except Lockerbie all other local stations on the main line between Carlisle and Carstairs closed during the 1960s. The first electrically-operated passenger services operated by British Rail in May 1974 when the West Coast Main Line electrification project between Crewe & Glasgow was completed.

Services northwards to Glasgow and Edinburgh were suspended in January 2016 and replaced by buses, whilst major repairs were carried out the River Clyde viaduct at Lamington that was damaged by Storm Frank. Trains resumed on 22 February 2016.[3]

Services and current operationsEdit

 
A Virgin Pendolino accelerates with a Glasgow Central - London Euston service

Lockerbie station is managed by Abellio ScotRail although the company does not provide any services to or from the station. Lockerbie is the only railway station in Scotland that is not served by Abellio ScotRail. All services are provided by Virgin Trains and TransPennine Express.

TransPennine ExpressEdit

TransPennine Express provide most services, On Monday to Saturdays, There is an hourly service to Manchester Airport and a 2-hourly service to both Glasgow Central and Edinburgh Waverley (though some services to/from Edinburgh do not call here during the day. leaving some gaps in the timetable).

On Sundays, there is a 2-hourly service to Manchester Airport and Edinburgh Waverley with 4 trains to Glasgow Central.[4]

Virgin TrainsEdit

Virgin Trains provide 6 daily services. There are 3 trains per day to Glasgow Central, 1 to Birmingham New Street, 1 to London Euston and 1 to Crewe. On Sundays, there are 2 trains per day to Glasgow, 1 to London and 1 to Crewe.

Preceding station   National Rail Following station
Carlisle   Virgin Trains
London / Birmingham - Glasgow
  Motherwell
  Virgin Trains
London / Birmingham - Edinburgh
  Haymarket
Carlisle   TransPennine Express
Preston-Glasgow
  Carstairs or
Motherwell or
Glasgow Central
Carlisle   TransPennine Express
Manchester/Lancaster-Glasgow
  Motherwell or
Glasgow Central
  TransPennine Express
Manchester/Lancaster/Preston-Edinburgh
  Haymarket
  Historical railways  
Ecclefechan   Caledonian Railway
Main Line
  Nethercleugh
Terminus   Caledonian Railway
Dumfries, Lochmaben and Lockerbie Railway
  Lochmaben

ReferencesEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Brailsford, Martyn, ed. (December 2017) [1987]. "Gaelic/English Station Index". Railway Track Diagrams 1: Scotland & Isle of Man (6th ed.). Frome: Trackmaps. ISBN 978-0-9549866-9-8.
  2. ^ "News & Star: The Lockerbie Disaster of 1883". Archived from the original on 22 March 2012. Retrieved 19 January 2011.
  3. ^ Lamington Viaduct to remain closed until March ITV News; retrieved 19 January 2016
  4. ^ Table 65 National Rail timetable, May 2017

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