Windermere railway station

Infobox UK station
name = Windermere


caption = End of the line at Windermere Railway Station.
manager = First TransPennine Express
locale = Windermere
borough = South Lakeland
code = WDM
lowusage0405 = 251,973
lowusage0506 = 246,432
platforms = 1
start = 1847

Windermere railway station is the railway station that serves Windermere in Cumbria. It is located just south of the A591, about fifteen minutes' walk or a short bus ride from the lake. The station is clearly marked with a National Rail logo, and is behind the Booths supermarket (which was itself once the railway station) and in front of the Lakeland store. It is the terminus of the former Kendal and Windermere Railway single-track Windermere Branch Line, with a single platform (much longer than the trains usually seen here today) serving one terminal track.

The station was at one time bigger than this, with four platforms and an overall roof [Vaughn, p.115] but all bar one was taken out of use when the branch was reduced to a one-train operated single line in 1973 as an economy measure.

First TransPennine Express run Class 185 diesel multiple units along the line, which runs through Staveley, Burneside, and Kendal, and then interchanges with Virgin Trains West Coast Main Line services at Oxenholme Lake District; some trains then run partly along the main line to Manchester and terminate at Manchester Airport. The station is also a hub for Stagecoach bus services connecting Windermere with Coniston, Grasmere, Keswick, and other destinations in Cumbria. Both Stagecoach and the local council also run regular buses through the town to Bowness Pier; Stagecoach's are open-top double-decker buses running along principal streets, while the local council runs minibuses around the outskirts of town.

The selection of the town of Birthwaite as the location of the station serving the lake was what led to it taking the name Windermere, even though it is not on the water (nowadays it has essentially grown together with Bowness-on-Windermere, which touches the lake).

The railway cottages, built for railway executives in 1849, were designed by the famous architect Augustus Pugin. One of the fireplaces is a copy of one of his in the Palace of Westminster. A typical example is Old Codgers Cottage, currently used as a holiday home. The owners have researched its history to find that it was inhabited by the head Drayman for the railway company on the 1861 census.

Notes

References

* Vaughn, J.A.M (1980), "Modern Branch Line Album", Ian Allen Publishing Ltd (Shepperton, Surrey). ISBN 0 7110 1030 7

ee also

*Windermere and Bowness-on-Windermere (the towns)
*Windermere (the lake)
*National Rail
**First TransPennine Express
**Windermere Branch Line
**Kendal and Windermere Railway
*Stagecoach Group

External links

* [http://www.tpexpress.co.uk/ TransPennine Express]
* [http://www.windermerecottage.co.uk]
* [http://www.stagecoachbus.com/northwest/ Stagecoach North West]
* [http://217.23.229.206/jpclient.exe?b=Windermere+(rail+station)&SubmitQuery Buses from the station]
* [http://217.23.229.206/jpclient.exe?e=Windermere+(rail+station)&SubmitQuery Buses to the station]


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