The Cockermouth, Keswick & Penrith Railway - History

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The Cockermouth, Keswick & Penrith Railway - History

The Cockermouth, Keswick & Penrith Railway History
  • Cockermouth, Keswick & Penrith Railway constituted under act of Parliament 1st August 1861
  • Thomas Bouch appointed engineer for construction of the 31¼ miles single track CKPR in May 1862
  • Opened for mineral traffic 26th October 1864
  • Embleton, Bassenthwaite Lake, Braithwaite, Keswick, Threlkeld, Troutbeck, Penruddick and Blencow Stations opened 2nd January 1865
  • Opened for passenger traffic 2nd January 1865
  • Redhills Curve opened 5th September 1866
  • The Keswick Hotel (76 Bedrooms) opened in 1869
  • Troutbeck acquired second Platform, passing loop and signal box between 1889 and 1891
  • Briery Bobbin Mill private siding opened in 1891
  • Passing Loop installed at Threlkeld in 1892
  • Double line working introduced betwween Threlkeld and Troutbeck in 1894 extended to Penruddick in 1901
  • Briery Bobbin Mill halt opened 1922
  • Highgate Halt opened 17th August 1908 closed December 1928
  • Derby Lightweight Diesel Multiple Units introduced in January 1955
  • Embleton Station closed 13th September 1958
  • Briory Bobbin Mill halt closed 15th November 1958
  • Last Train between Workington and Keswick 16th April 1966
  • Cockermouth, Bassenthwaite Lake and Braithwaite Stations closed 16th April 1966
  • Signal boxes closed on 3rd December 1967 at Blencow, Penruddick, Threlkeld and Keswick No 1
  • Beeching Report in 1963 recommended that the entire line be closed
  • Keswick, Threlkeld, Toutbeck, Penruddock and Blencow stations closed 4th March 1972
  • Cockermouth, Keswick & Penrith Railway closed 4th March 1972 (Goods trains continued to Flusco and Blencow until following June)


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