Railway Station

August 18, 2008 at 17:14 | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Barrow Station

Barrow’s 1950s railway station replaced the old Barrow Central after the latter was bombed flat in the war. As a major armaments manufacturing centre, Barrow took a pasting.

The train standing at platform 2 in the picture is bound for Manchester. There are those who aver that the best thing to come out of Barrow is the train to Manchester (there hasn’t been a through train to London for a good many years now.) I personally take umbrage at that but it has to be said that, at least as far as Lancaster, that train is a splendid one which hugs the shoreline of Morecambe Bay for most of the day and twice crosses estuaries with spectacular sea and mountain views. But even that isn’t even the best train ride out of Barrow. For that you go the other way, to Carlisle by the coast route, where the line crosses the Duddon and then hugs the shoreline all the way up to Maryport, with stunning views of nearby Lakeland heights. That’s enough to get the route a star in Cook’s European Railway Timetable.

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  1. Once, in the mid to late 1970’s, I caught the train from Manchester to Barrow to install Christmas decorations at a night club in Barrow. So, I’ve been there.


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