Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway
Steam train from Haverthwaite to Lake Windermere
(Photos/words © urban75, 1st Sept, 2008)
Running from Haverthwaite via Newby Bridge to Lakeside at the southern end of Windermere, the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway is a popular tourist attraction in Cumbria, England.
Running along part of former branch line of the Furness Railway which closed to all traffic in 1967 (passenger traffic ceased two years earlier), the line reopened as a heritage railway in 1973.
A subsequent road widening scheme obliterated the remainder of the former route to the junction at Ulverston.
The railway continues a train-boat connection first established in 1868, with passengers able to combine a steam railway trip with a cruise along Lake Windemere.
Haverthwaite station, which is situated in the Lake District National Park.
Another view of Haverthwaite station which boasts an excellent cafe serving home made snacks, meals and cakes.
The apple pie and ice cream was sublime!
Looking north east - the line goes through a short tunnel before turning north to follow the path of the River Leven.
The signal box at Haverthwaite. The track continues only a short way past the tunnel as a road widening scheme destroyed the trackbed to the west.
Our train arrives.
Newby Bridge halt.
The line follows the path of the River Leven which flows from the southern tip of Lake Windermere and flows for around eight miles into the northern reaches of Morecambe Bay.
There's some fantastic views from the train as it approaches Lakeside station.
A bunch of cheery lads on the lake give the train a wave.
Lakeside station is situated right on the banks of Lake Windermere.
A view of Lakeside station. It's not particularly attractive, but the naturual beauty of the area more than makes up for it.
Lakeside station signal box.
Looking south from the buffers.
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