This was a major station on the West coast line and is still impressive. Built in 1847 the 4 tracks that run thourh the centre are spanned by a glass roof and a footbridge.
In addition to the mainline trains (by Virgin), there are lines to Newcastle, Dumfries and the famously scenic Settle line which still operates a limited steam service.
The Carlisle Settle Railway
This historical line was the last major stretch of railway built in the UK. It dates from Victorian times and crosses some absolutely beautiful scenery. Several historical station buildings still exist on the line, too.
- Historical Travel
Getting There & Around...
We hired a car and drove around the UK... It was easy for us since we are used to driving on the left side of the road, although the strange road signs had us wondering a few times... :)
The roads were all very good except for the traffic jams around the larger cities...try to avoid 'peak' hours if you can help it.
The distances between cities in the UK are all fairly short, it doesn't really take too long to get anywhere except if you stop for photos every few minutes. ;)
- Road Trip
Carlisle Train Station
I really liked Carlisle when we visited last Easter. This time I was just passing through and was only in the station for a short time after leaving the train from Glasgow and before boarding a train that would travel on the Carlisle Settle line.
Most British stations are not very nice, but at Carlisle station they really have made an effort to create a pleasant environment. The station was clean, the free toilets were clean and much more modern than many station toilets. There was an indoor area which had been made to look like an outdoor grassy area, floral displays and pictures of old steam trains on the walls. It all help created a pleasant place in which to wait for a train.
- Historical Travel
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