Shap railway station

Shap railway station served the village of Shap, Westmorland (now in Cumbria), England for over 120 years.

General information
LocationShap, Eden
Other information
Original companyLancaster and Carlisle Railway
Pre-groupingLondon and North Western Railway
Post-groupingLondon, Midland and Scottish Railway
Key dates
17 December 1846Opened
1 July 1968Closed
Shap is located in Eden
Location in present-day Eden, Cumbria
Shap is located in Cumbria
Location in present-day Cumbria, England


The station was situated on the West Coast Main Line and was opened on 17 December 1846,[1] when the section of the Lancaster and Carlisle Railway was opened between Oxenholme (for Kendal) and Carlisle.

Shap station passed into the hands of the London and North Western Railway very soon after opening and that company operated it until amalgamation into the London Midland and Scottish Railway (LMSR) in 1923.[2] British Railways took over operation on 1 January 1948, but closed the station to passengers on 1 July 1968.[3]

Shap station was located 34 mile (1.2 km) south of the centre of the village, with access being provided from the A6 Road. In 1922, five trains for Carlisle called at Shap on weekdays, with a further two local trains to Penrith. A similar service operated southbound.


  1. ^ Butt 1995, p. 209
  2. ^ Awdry 1990, p. 89
  3. ^ Butt 1995, p. 209


  • Butt, R. V. J. (October 1995). The Directory of Railway Stations: details every public and private passenger station, halt, platform and stopping place, past and present (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 978-1-85260-508-7. OCLC 60251199. OL 11956311M.
  • Awdry, Christopher (1990), Encyclopedia of British Railway Companies, Patrick Stephens Ltd, ISBN 1-85260-049-7

Coordinates: 54°31′23″N 2°40′14″W / 54.5230°N 2.6706°W / 54.5230; -2.6706

Preceding station Historical railways Following station
Tebay   London and North Western Railway
Lancaster and Carlisle Railway
  Clifton and Lowther