The Anonymous Widower

Trouble At Oxenholme

These pictures don’t really tell the whole story of my changing of trains at Oxenholme from the Windermere branch to go to Carlisle, from where I intended to get the train to Leeds via the Settle-Carlisle Line over one of the most spectacular lines in England.

Normally, the interchange probably works well, as it appears trains on the main line going north and south are timed to meet the Class 185 train to or from Windermere.


A West Coast Railways charter train, hauled by a Class 68 had broken down at Carlisle station. According to Virgin station staff the errant train had broken down twice before it actually got on the main line. Apparently, it wasn’t the brand-new engine, but the geriatric coaches. According to Wikipedia West Coast Railways are not having a good time.

West Coast Railways’ operating licence is currently suspended by Network Rail. The suspension came into force at midnight on 3 April 2015, for a minimum of six weeks, due to ongoing safety concerns relating to a serious SPAD (signal passed at danger) incident involving WCR on 7 March 2015.

I shall not be going anywhere near any of their charters.

I spent an hour on a Virgin waiting to get to Carlisle and as they said progress would be slow, I gave up and took a train south to Preston.

So I went to Poulton-le-Fylde instead.

May 1, 2015 - Posted by | Transport | ,


  1. […] station is a station on the Blackpool North branch line. After my troubles at Oxenholme, I decided to use my ticket to explore some of the stations on the branch. These are some pictures […]

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  2. […] Coming back I took a taxi up the hill, as I wanted to catch a train, which was dead on time and dumped me right in it at Oxenholme. But that wasn’t their fault and as expected there was a ready Virgin […]

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