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Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway
Address: Haverthwaite Station, Nr. Ulverston, Cumbria LA12 8AL
Telephone: 015395 31594
Line Length: 3½ miles Gauge: 4ft 8½ inches
Route: Haverthwaite to Lakeside
Journey Time: 18 minutes
Service: February 9 - 22 / March 28 - November every day
Tickets: Adult £6.30, Child £3.20, Family £16.90 (2 adults & 3 children) return fare
Parking: Haverthwaite Station LA12 8AL
Haverthwaite Station: Refreshments, gift shop, goods yard
Lakeside Station: Shops, boat trips on Lake Windermere
William Wordsworth and others objected strongly to the the railways coming to the Lake District. They did not get their way as to start with the line from Oxenholme to Windermere was built, to be followed by two more.
The Furness Railway Company opened the Lakeside and Plumpton Branch Railway on 1 June 1869. From the beginning tourists were the major source of income. Business was at its peak during the inter-war years when there were numerous special excursions to the Lake District.
After World War II the traffic became very seasonal with few passengers in the winter months. Dr Beeching recommended the line for closure, so after nearly one hundred years of continuous use passenger trains stopped in 1965, although a goods service continued until 1967.
In 1973, a 3½ mile stretch of track was opened as a preserved line by the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway (LHR). It was intended to reinstate the complete branch but road widening meant this was not possible.
The railway was from the outset designed to link up with the steam boats on Lake Windermere. Today is no different, with many people coming via Ambleside or Bowness on the boat to have a trip on the LHR. Lakeside station is next to Lake Windermere, where the boats regularly call, combined boat and railway tickets are available.
On the LHR there are the following steam locomotives LMS 2-6-4T No.42073, LMS 2-6-4T No.42085, WD Austerity 0-6-0ST No.3794 ‘Repulse’, Bagnall 0-6-0ST No.2682 ‘Princess’, Barclay 0-4-0ST No.2333 ‘David’.