Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway
Ulverston, South Lakes

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Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway runs on the Furness Branch Line and offers visitors a unique step back in time. The steam train rides trundle passengers along through the spectacular Lake District scenery at a sedate pace, allowing for some serious sightseeing. 

Take a ride on the spectacular old Furness Branch line in a steam train from Haverthwaite to Lakeside where you can board a Windermere Lake cruise or visit the Aquarium.

The Furness Railway was developed during the 1850's and 1860's, at the height of the Industrial Revolution, in order to transport the coal and iron ore deposits from mines in the coastal areas of Cumberland and the Furness district of Lancashire to the heavy industries of the North West and North East of England.

When the various companies had completed a railway system around the coast from Carlisle to Lancaster, the Furness Railway Company quickly realised that there was a potential for personal travel and tourism because, for the first time, here was a fast and easy mode of transport for the masses. In fact, as early as 1847, the Kendal and Windermere Railway Company had opened a branch line from the new Lancaster and Carlisle Railway; this branch from Oxenholme terminated at Birthwaite (which was later to develop as the modern town of Windermere), and by 1850, four passenger steamers plied the length of the lake from Waterhead to Newby Bridge (a distance of about 11½ miles).

After years of problems with the rights to the line in the 20th century, it was eventually closed down for a long period of time, until Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway Co. was formed.

The re-opening of the line on the 2nd May 1973 was a proud day for the Society members who had worked so...


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Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway
LA12 8AL
015395 31594

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