Timeline

184423rd May, the Furness Railway Act passed by Parliament, giving the go ahead for the construction of railways in and around Barrow-in-Furness.
184611th August, the Furness Railway opens between Barrow-in-Furness, Dalton-in-Furness and Kirkby-in-Furness.
1847The Kendal and Windermere Railway Company opened a branch line from the new Lancaster and Carlisle Railway (now the “West Coast Mine Line”) at Oxenholme to Windermere (then called Birthwaite).
1854In April, the Furness Railway is extended from Dalton-in-Furness to Ulverston.
185727th August, the line from Ulverston to Carnforth is opened by the separate Ulverston and Lancaster Railway Company.
1862The Furness Railway expands, buying out the Ulverston and Lancaster Railway, so now one company carries freight and passengers from Lancaster through to Barrow-in-Furness.
186622nd November, the Furness Railway decides to build a branch line up the Leven estuary, through Greenodd to Newby-Bridge. The first sod is cut at Haverthwaite by Mr. James Ramsden, General Manager.
1867Construction of the line commenced to Newby-Bridge.
18691st June, the Ulverston (Plumpton Junction) to Newby-Bridge branch line was opened, with a length of 7.9 miles.
1872The branch has been extended to Lakeside, and the Furness Railway purchases the United Windermere Steam Yacht Company, allowing them to benefit from the growing tourist trade in the area.
1911Andrew Barclay locomotive 1245 is built and delivered to the Carron Iron Company, Falkirk.
192231st December, following the passing of The Government’s Railway Act of 1921, four large nationalised railway companies are created, with the Furness Railway being merged into the London Midland and Scottish (LMS) Railway.
1935The Low Wood gunpowder works closes, reducing the amount of freight on the line.
1938Dropping passenger numbers force the suspension of the winter train service.
1939In September, Newby-Bridge Halt is closed.
1941Suspension of the summer passenger service. Only goods trains now run on the line.
1942Princess” is built by W.G. Bagnall & Company in Stafford, and delivered to Preston Docks for shunting work.
1946Summer passenger service reintroduced onto the line.In September, Haverthwaite and Greenodd stations are closed to passengers
1950Repulse” is built by the Hunslett Engine Company of Leeds, and delivered to Northwester Area of the National Coal Board.Locomotive 42073 is built in Brighton at the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway workshops.”Victor” is built by W. G. Bagnall & Co. for the Steel Company of Wales.
1951Locomotive 42085 is built in Brighton.
1957Victor” is sold to the Austin Motor Company and moved to Longbridge in Birmingham.
1958Diesel locomotive D5301 is built in Birmingham, and delivered to Kings Cross for suburban working.
19655th September, the entire Ulverston to Lakeside branch is closed to passenger traffic, remaining only open for freight as far as Haverthwaite (and the Backbarrow Iron works sidings).
1966The Lakeside Railway Estates Company was formed with the intention of saving the branch and to eventually re-opening it using steam traction.
1967The Lakeside Railway Society is formed to help support the Lakeside Railway Estates Company.2nd April, the freight service is terminated, following the closure of the Iron Works.May, Diesel locomotive 20214 is built in Newton-le-Willows.

2nd September, the last British Railways “enthusiasts special” train visits Lakeside.

1968British Railways decides not to let privately run trains into Ulverston station.The Trunk Road Authority announces upgrade plans for the A590 that will sever the railway at Haverthwaite and Greenodd, unless money can be raised to build new bridges. This proves to expensive to achieve, and the Lakeside Railway Estates Company decides to focus its efforts on preserving the Carnforth depot.
1969On-going lobbying by various parties (including the local MP) to support re-opening of the Line. Despite this, the Lake District Planning Board lodge an objection, and a public enquiry is called.
197026th March, the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway Company is formed to continue the purchase of the line.27th May, the British Rail Property Board approves the sale of the line, but a Light Railway order is not issued, so trains cannot be run.October, access is granted to the line, and locomotive and coaches are delivered to the line, while the track is still in place from Ulverston.
1971June, the track is lifted from Plumpton Junction (east of Ulverston) to Haverthwaite station.Stott Park Bobbin Mill closes, after almost 140 years of operation.
1972October, and another public enquiry is held to discuss a sole objection to the re-opening of the line. The objection is withdrawn, and a Light Railway Order is granted.
19732nd May, the Right Reverend Eric Treacy, Bishop of Wakefield and famous railway photographer, re-opens the line and a seasonal passenger service resumes between Haverthwaite and Lakeside.
1978British Railways Property Board remove the roof of Lakeside station (which they still owned, along with the Steamers) as it was deemed to be unsafe. Other parts of the station building, including the tower, had previously been demolished between 1965 and 1973.
2008The railway celebrates its 35th year in preservation.
2010New shop/office building built at Haverthwaite Station.
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