PASSENGER TRAIN SERVICES AT MORECAMBE EUSTON ROAD


[Source: Nick Catford & Paul Wright]


From the very beginning Morecambe Euston Road station was busier during the summer months when numerous excursions ran. During the winter months the service was more local in nature. The December 1895 timetable showed nine arrivals and departures on Monday-to-Friday as seen in the table below. There was an extra train in each direction on Saturdays and no Sunday service.

Departures December 1895 To Arrivals December 1895 From
8.40am Lancaster Castle 9.19am Lancaster Castle
10.15am Lancaster Castle 11.14am Lancaster Castle
12.25pm Carnforth 12.09pm Lancaster Castle
1.15pm Lancaster Castle 1.54pm Lancaster Castle
3.10pm Lancaster Castle 2.47pm (Saturdays Only) Lancaster Castle
3.45pm (Saturdays Only) Lancaster Castle 4.04pm Lancaster Castle
4.20pm Lancaster Castle 4.54pm Lancaster Castle
5.10pm Lancaster Castle 6.04pm Lancaster Castle
7.00pm Lancaster Castle 7.39pm Lancaster Castle
8.00pm Lancaster Castle 8.39pm Lancaster Castle

The fact that by 1891 four additional platforms had been provided demonstrates how busy the station was during the summer months. The July 1922 timetable showed 22 scheduled departures on Monday-to-Saturday and ten on Sundays. There would have also been excursion trains throughout the summer months.

The LMS summer timetable for 1932 showed 26 departures from Morecambe Euston Road on Saturdays. As well as frequent service to Lancaster Castle trains served destinations including Barrow-in-Furness, Crewe, Manchester Victoria, London Euston and Windermere.

The last LMS summer timetable of 1947 showed 16 departures and 15 arrivals on Monday-to-Friday as seen in the table below. There were four extra trains in each direction on Saturdays and one extra on Thursdays. The service was mostly of a local nature but there were trains to and from London Euston and Windermere.

Departures Summer 1947

To

Arrivals Summer 1947

From

12.00am

London Euston

5.20am

Lancaster Castle

6.30am

Lancaster Castle

8.20am

Lancaster Castle

6.55am

Lancaster Castle

9.07am

Lancaster Castle

7.30am

Lancaster Castle

9.51am

London Euston

7.55am

Lancaster Castle

10.15am (SO)

Lancaster Castle

8.30am

Lancaster Castle

10.55am

Lancaster Castle

9.15am (SO)

Lancaster Castle

11.50am (SO)

Lancaster Castle

9.57am

Lancaster Castle

11.55am (SX)

Lancaster Castle

11.08am (SO)

Lancaster Castle

12.25pm

Lancaster Castle

11.45am (SX)

Lancaster Castle

1.52pm

Lancaster Castle

12.00pm (SO)

Lancaster Castle

3.52pm (SO)

Lancaster Castle

1.20pm

Lancaster Castle

4.14pm

Lancaster Castle

2.03pm (SO)

Lancaster Castle

4.55pm

Lancaster Castle

2.28pm

Lancaster Castle

5.28pm

Lancaster Castle

3.25pm

Lancaster Castle

5.55pm

Lancaster Castle

5.14pm

Lancaster Castle

6.49pm

Lancaster Castle

6.50pm

Lancaster Castle

7.01pm (ThO & SO)

Windermere

8.05pm

Lancaster Castle

7.35pm

Lancaster Castle

9.20pm

Lancaster Castle

8.50pm

Lancaster Castle

10.15pm

Lancaster Castle

11.23pm (SO)

Lancaster Castle

10.55pm (ThO & SO)

Windermere

By the summer of 1953 there were 25 departures from Morecambe Euston Road on Saturdays. Even on Sundays there were 9 scheduled departures. There were 28 arrivals on Saturday and 9 on Sundays. Through trains ran to and from Barrow, Lake Side, London Euston and Windermere.

During the 1950s BR (LM) followed in the tradition of the LNWR and LMS and promoted Morecambe as a resort. Handbills and posters were produced advertising the resort generally and also specific trains that ran to it. The proximity of Lancaster Castle station on the Anglo-Scottish main line meant that many excursion offers required a change of train there. The Sunday 15 August 1954 handbill to the left shows an example of an excursion train that operated between Carlisle and Blackpool North but which included Morecambe Euston Road as a destination. Interestingly, although the outward journey is advertised as depositing the Carlisle day trippers at Euston Road, they are told that the return journey must be made from Morecambe Promenade. The return journey could be made for the princely sum of 8s 9d.

During the 1950s Morecambe Euston Road was a popular destination for excursion trains from the Merseyside and Manchester areas.

During the winter period of 1956/7 there were 18 departures from Morecambe Euston Road, most of which ran only to Lancaster Castle. This was a good level of service considering that a frequent service also ran to Morecambe Promenade station.

With the start of the winter timetable on 15 September 1958 all passenger services were diverted to run to Morecambe Promenade.

From 15 June to 13 September 1959 passenger trains ran to and from Morecambe Euston Road on Monday-to-Sunday. On Saturday 8 August 1959 there were 23 departures and 26 arrivals as shown in the table below.

Departures Saturday 8 August 1959

To

Platform

Arrivals Saturday 8 August 1959

From

8.03am

Manchester Victoria

1

8.20am

Lancaster

8.30am

Lancaster

1

9.19am

Lancaster

9.15am

Lancaster

5

10.00am

Crewe

9.20am

Glasgow Central

3

10.30am

Lancaster

9.25am

Birmingham New Street

2

10.44am

Ashton Oldham Road

9.35am

Manchester Exchange

4

11.22am

Longwood & Milnsbridge

10.00am

London Euston

1

11.56am

Whaley Bridge

10.50am

Uttoxeter

3

11.57am

Lancaster

11.08am

Lancaster

2

12.03pm

Barrow

11.15am

East Leck

1

12.25pm

Lancaster

11.25am

Glasgow St Enoch

4

12.46pm

Stockport

11.45am

Workington

5

1.00pm

Northampton

12.00 noon

Manchester Exchange

1

1.38pm

Birmingham New Street

1.05pm

Lancaster

2

2.02pm

Lancaster

2.00pm

Stockport Edgeley

1

2.47pm

Lancaster

2.25pm

Birmingham New Street

4

3.13pm

Glasgow Central

3.14pm

Lancaster

1

3.32pm

Lancaster

4.23pm

Lancaster

1

3.59pm

Manchester Victoria

5.20pm

Preston

1

4.13pm

Lancaster

7.50pm

Manchester Victoria

3

4.50pm

Lancaster

8.05pm

Windermere

1

5.30pm

London Euston

9.00pm

Millom

1

6.00pm

Lancaster

10.55pm

Kendal

1

6.52pm

Lancaster

7.00pm

Windermere

7.35pm

Liverpool Exchange

8.44pm

Barrow

In 1960 the station was served by passenger trains seven days per week from 13 June to 11 September. The following year, 1961, the services ran from 12 June to 10 September. The last year that passenger trains used Morecambe Euston Road was 1962 when they operated from 18 June to 8 September. The very last passenger train departure from Morecambe Euston Road was the 4.25pm Lancaster Castle service.

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Morecambe Euston Road after passenger services had ceased in December 1963. The station pilot an ex-LMS Fowler 0-6-0 locomotive no. 44464 is seen standing at the eastern end of platform 3.
Photo by Ron Herbert

 

 

 

[Source: Nick Catford & Paul Wright]




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