Ravenglass railway station

Ravenglass (also known as Ravenglass for Eskdale) is a railway station on the Cumbrian Coast Line, which runs between Carlisle and Barrow-in-Furness. The station, situated 29+14 miles (47 km) north-west of Barrow-in-Furness, serves the village of Ravenglass in Cumbria. It is owned by Network Rail and managed by Northern Trains.

Ravenglass

Ravenglass for Eskdale
National Rail
Ravenglass Railway Station.jpg
General information
LocationRavenglass, Copeland
England
Coordinates54°21′20″N 3°24′32″W / 54.3556605°N 3.4088794°W / 54.3556605; -3.4088794Coordinates: 54°21′20″N 3°24′32″W / 54.3556605°N 3.4088794°W / 54.3556605; -3.4088794
Grid referenceSD085964
Owned byNetwork Rail
Managed byNorthern Trains
Platforms2
Tracks2
ConnectionsRavenglass (R&ER) Heritage railway
Other information
Station codeRAV
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 32,638
2017/18Decrease 31,930
2018/19Increase 33,456
2019/20Increase 42,802
2020/21Decrease 9,102
Location
Ravenglass is located in the Borough of Copeland
Ravenglass
Ravenglass
Location in Copeland, Cumbria
Ravenglass is located in Cumbria
Ravenglass
Ravenglass
Location in Cumbria, England
Notes
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road

The two parts of the station are separated by the station's car park. The station is owned by Network Rail and managed by Northern Trains, who provide all passenger train services, whilst the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway run its own platforms and services.

The National Rail station was originally known as Ravenglass before being lengthened to Ravenglass for Eskdale. It was then renamed to Ravenglass on 6 May 1974.[1] When First North Western operated the station during the early part of the 21st century, it reverted to its name of Ravenglass for Eskdale, until Northern Rail rebranded the station signage in 2007, losing the suffix once more. Since 2018 the station has been called "Ravenglass for Eskdale" on all timetables and ticketing, but the station signage remains as "Ravenglass" without the suffix (as at 21 June 2021).


OverviewEdit

This station has two platforms, one serving trains travelling towards Barrow-in-Furness and one for trains travelling towards Carlisle. All former station buildings on the National Rail site, which is now unstaffed, are currently owned by the Eskdale Railway company - the main building being a pub, The Ratty Arms,[2] the old southbound shelter a museum (leaving only small shelters for mainline travellers) and the goods shed an engineering workshop. The old Furness Railway main line signal box south of the station also survives - though out of railway use since 1965, it has been restored by the R&ER as a working museum exhibit and is open to the public.[3]

Step-free access to both (staggered) platforms is available, with the northbound one via ramps from the Village Car Park and from the Ratty Arms, and to the southbound platform from the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway car park. There is also a footbridge link to the R&ER station at the south end of the northbound platform. To cross between the platforms either use the road bridge (north of the station) or the footbridge at the South End of the station, to the R and E R car park. [4] Train running information can be obtained from timetable posters, information screens and by telephone. A ticket machine is also now in service, to allow intending travellers to buy their tickets prior to boarding.

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      

A basic hourly service operates in each direction, although one northbound train terminates at Sellafield rather than running through to Carlisle.[5] Through tickets from trains on the Cumbria Coast Line are available to the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway. Additional evening trains and the first Sunday service for more than 40 years were introduced at the May 2018 timetable change. This runs broadly hourly each way from mid-morning until 19:00.

Ravenglass and Eskdale RailwayEdit

 
The platforms at the adjacent Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway station.

The Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway, also known as La'al Ratty from Cumbrian dialect, is a heritage railway, providing journeys on a narrow-gauge railway up the scenic Eskdale valley. The Ravenglass station owned by the line is the other side of the car park and is the line's primary station and base of operations, with fully equipped workshops, motive power depot, carriage shed, paint shop and signal box. For passengers, there is a museum, café, gift shop and ticket office. The station has a turntable and three platforms, however only platforms 1 and 3 see regular use.

The station opened in 1875 and has closed and reopened to passengers as the companies have. It has had many changes in layout and design, and is currently at its largest size that it has ever been.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Slater, J.N., ed. (July 1974). "Notes and News: Stations renamed by LMR". Railway Magazine. London: IPC Transport Press Ltd. 120 (879): 363. ISSN 0033-8923.
  2. ^ Ravenglass Station Old Cumbria Gazetteer; Retrieved 2 December 2016
  3. ^ "Ravenglass Signal Box" The Signal Box website; Retrieved 14 November 2016
  4. ^ Ravenglass station facilities National Rail Enquiries; Retrieved 2 December 2016
  5. ^ GB eNRT December 2019 Edition, Table 100 (Network Rail)

External linksEdit

Preceding station   National Rail Following station
Drigg   Northern Trains
Cumbrian Coast Line
  Bootle
  Historical railways  
Drigg   Whitehaven and Furness Junction Railway   Eskmeals
   Heritage railways
Change for Ravenglass on the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway