Ullock railway station

Ullock railway station was built by the Whitehaven, Cleator and Egremont Railway. It served the village of Ullock, Cumbria, England.[2][3]

Ullock
General information
LocationUllock, Allerdale
England
Coordinates54°36′06″N 3°26′02″W / 54.6018°N 3.4339°W / 54.6018; -3.4339Coordinates: 54°36′06″N 3°26′02″W / 54.6018°N 3.4339°W / 54.6018; -3.4339
Grid referenceNY074238
Platforms2
Other information
StatusDisused
History
Original companyWhitehaven, Cleator and Egremont Railway
Pre-groupingLNWR & FR Joint Railway
Post-groupingLondon, Midland and Scottish Railway
Key dates
2 April 1866Opened
13 April 1931Closed[1]

HistoryEdit

The station opened on 2 April 1866. The owning company was taken over by the LNWR and Furness Railway in 1879 as a Joint Line, whereafter the northern section through Ullock was usually worked by the LNWR.[4]

Passenger traffic consisted of three trains a day in each direction, with an extra on Whitehaven market day and none on Sundays.[5] From opening, northbound passenger trains terminated at Marron Junction station where passengers changed for destinations beyond. In 1897 Marron Junction station closed, with trains running west through to Workington Main thereafter, a much better arrangement for most passengers. Passengers who would otherwise have changed at Marron Junction to head east to Brigham or beyond simply changed at the first stop after Marron Junction - Camerton.

Goods traffic typically consisted of a two daily turns Up and Down.

Mineral traffic was the dominant flow, typically six loaded and six empty through to Workington, though this was subject to considerable fluctuation with trade cycles. Stations and signalling along the line north of Rowrah were changed during the Joint regime to conform to LNWR standards.[6]

In 1879, at the height of West Cumberland's ironworks expansion, a new line was built from just north of Ullock through Distington to Whitehaven via Parton. This line's dominant purposes were to carry ore to Distington and metal beyond. This line became known as the Gilgarran Branch.[7]

The station closed on 13 April 1931 when normal passenger traffic ended along the line. Goods trains continued to pass through the station until 1954.[8] An enthusiasts' special ran through on 5 September 1954. After scant occasional use the line was abandoned in 1960 and subsequently lifted.

AfterlifeEdit

In 2013 the course of the line through the village was partly accessible via a public footpath.[9]


Preceding station   Disused railways   Following station
Branthwaite
Line and station closed
  Whitehaven, Cleator and Egremont Railway   Lamplugh
Line and station closed

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Butt 1995, p. 237.
  2. ^ Smith & Turner 2012, Map 26.
  3. ^ Jowett 1989, Map 36.
  4. ^ McGowan Gradon 2004, p. 12.
  5. ^ Bradshaw 1985, p. 510.
  6. ^ Gradon, W. McGowan (1946). "Furness Railway". p. 14 (transcription). Archived from the original on 2 January 2017 – via Cumberland & Westmorland archives.
  7. ^ Anderson 2002, p. 310.
  8. ^ Marshall 1981, p. 163.
  9. ^ Atterbury 2009, p. 208.

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