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A train ride from Carlisle to Preston



A Train ride from Carlisle to Preston via Penrith Oxenholme and Lancaster


This is a fantastic journey down the West Coast Mainline down the edge of the Lake District passing through the mountains and then by the sea at Morecambe bay.
This is a modern high speed railway using some of the newest rolling stock including the tilting pendolino trains that travel up to 125 miles an hour.
The West Coast mainline is basically the main London to Glasgow line the train operator that use the section of the line between Carlisle and Preston are Virgin trains who operate trains between London and Glasgow and Edinburgh and Birmingham, and First Transpennine Express who operate trains between Glasgow / Edinburgh and Manchester.
The journey time on a Pendelino is about 1 hour and 10 minutes.
Timetable download pdf format

Below are downloads of the timetables covering the line between Carlisle and Preston

Download the virgin trains  London Euston, Watford Junction, Milton Keynes, Birmingham New Street, Wolverhampton, Crewe, Warrington Bank Key, Wigan North Western, Preston, Lancaster, Oxenholme, Penrith, Carlisle, Lockerbie, Haymarket, Edinburgh, Motherwell, Glasgow Central. timetable train times

Click here to download the current London Euston and Birmingham, to Preston to Carlisle to Glasgow Central and Edinburgh Virgin train timetable in pdf format

Download the First Transpennine Express Glasgow Centr, Edinburgh, Haymarket, Carlisle, Penrith, Oxenholme, Lancaster, Preston, Chorley, Bolton, Manchester Piccadilly, Manchester Airport. timetable train times

Click here to download the current Manchester to Preston to Carlisle to Glasgow and Edinburgh timetable in pdf format

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Planning on using buses and boats in Cumbria download the pdf version of the Go Cumbria bus timetable guide showing times of many bus services in Cumbria and all ferry services on Lake Windermere, Coniston, Ullswater and Derwent Water, along with prices of various day tickets and loads of other useful information

Go, Cumbria, bus, ferry, guide, times, timetable, travel.

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Also see my
train ride from Leeds to Carlisle
also my
train ride from Lancaster to Carlisle via the Cumbrian coast
also my
bus ride from Carlisle to Newcastle

For this Journey we will be using a London Euston bound Pendolino operated by Virgin Trains. For most of this journey we will be traveling at over 100 miles an hour or more Pendolino's maximum service speed is 125 miles an hour.

Carlisle Station.

Carlisle Station


Inside Carlisle Station

Inside Carlisle Station.


A class 87 locomotive.

A class 87 locomotive Royal Sovereign there is also a class 86 locomotive parked nearby a few years ago these would have been the locomotives taking you to London I think they have been kept to work in conjunction with the steam speacials that use the Settle to Carlisle railway when they use the west coast mainline to get to or from Carlisle.


Inside a Pendolino

Inside a Pendolino.


Waiting to depart Carlisle.

Waiting to depart Carlisle.


Leaving Carlisle.

Leaving Carlisle the lines to Leeds and Newcastle can be seen in this shot.


Heading South out of Carlisle

Heading South out of Carlisle you are quickly out in the countryside.


View of the North Pennines from the West Coast Mainline.

As we head south in the distance the North Pennines can be seen in the east.


Landscape between Carlisle and Penrith.

The landscape between Carlisle and Penrith is relatively gentle but you always have the feeling of climbing.


Approaching Penrith

Approaching Penrith.


Speeding through Penrith station Cumbria

Speeding through Penrith some trains stop here and not Oxenholme some stop at Oxenholme not Penrith some stop at all stations check the departure board for intermediate stations if you intend stopping anywhere between Carlisle and Preston make sure you get on the correct train this London bound Pendolino was a Penrith flyer.


Penrith Station Platform.

Stood on the same platform at Penrith looking north


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             Crossing the M6 motorway south of Penrith.

Crossing the M6 motorway south of Penrith.


A66 south of Penrith.

Crossing the A66 south of Penrith.
This road is used on my
journey from Sheffield to Sheffield via the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District day 2 Tan Hill to Buttermere





Between Penrith and Shap.

As we Head south away from Penrith we are climbing towards Shap summit and the landscape starts to take on a more upland feel.


Bleak winter landscape near Shap.

Although this shot is taken off a different train on a different day this is still heading south towards Shap summit and shows just how bleak it can be up here.


Shap villiage

Passing Shap villiage. The A6 road passes through the villiage and when the A6 was the main road North Shap was a very important place to travellers but with the opening of the M6 motorway it lost that importance and the A6 became a much quieter road.
The A6 is used on my
journey from Sheffield to Sheffield via Chesterfield, Nottingham, Manchester, and Huddersfield
also my
bus ride from Derby to Leicester
also my
bus ride from Sheffield to Buxton part 2
also my
bus ride from Manchester to Bolton
also my
bus ride from Sheffield to Bakewell
also my
bus ride from Bolton to Preston
also my
bus ride from Derby to Manchester
and my
A journey from Sheffield to Sheffield via the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District Day 3 Buttermere to Sheffield
and my
bus ride from Preston to Burnley



Even though Shap is high up in a stunning landscape the area is quite industrialised with quarries and in this shot the Shap lime works near Shap Summit can be seen the works produce lime for the steel making industry

Even though Shap is high up in a stunning landscape the area is quite industrialised with quarries and in this shot the Shap lime works near Shap Summit can be seen the works produce lime for the steel industry


Shap Summit

Just before Shap summit at 914 feet above sea level the sign is just out of sight.


Looking west towards the lake district fells from Shap summit.

Looking towards the lake district fells from Shap summit.


The M6 motorway on Shap taken off a train on Shap fell.

On the eastern side of the train the M6 motorway runs Parallel to the railway across Shap fell after the summit. Lorries on the motorway can just be seen in this shot.


A view west towards the Lake district

Another view west towards the lake district


Heading towards Tebay at the top of Lune Gorge.

Heading towards Tebay at the top of Lune Gorge.


Lune Gorge off a London bound Express

As we drop down off Shap fell we pass Tebay and drop into the Lune Gorge which is definitely a highlight of the West coast mainline and one of the most scenic bits of railway in Britain. Sandwiched between the Howgill fells on the left hand side of the train and the mountains of the Lake District on the right this bit of line is really special. The M6 motorway also runs at the side of us dropping down the gorge. This is definitely the most scenic bit of Motorway in Britain.


M6 motorway in the Lune gorge.

View of the M6 motorway from the right hand side of the train in the Lune Gorge.


View down the Lune Gorge.

Another view out of the train of the Lune Gorge it's hard to believe that in around 2 and a half hours time the view out of this same train window will be the approaches to London Euston which is a world away this breathtaking beauty.


Heading further down the Lune Gorge.

Speeding down the Lune Gorge


Lune Gorge from the Lancaster to Carlisle railway.

Yet further down the Gorge. The scenery is just to good to miss


Howgill fells.

Looking across at Howgill fells this really is a seat with a view.


Electric pantograph and a mountain

A reminder we are on a train with the equipment to hold up the electric wires in view in this shot.


South End of the Lune Gorge Cumbria

Approaching the south End of the Lune Gorge.


The foot of the Lune Gorge.

Foot of the Lune Gorge the land starts to level out but is still upland and beautiful as we head towards Oxenholme from entering the Gorge at Tebay to the foot of the Gorge the train has taken approximately 2 and a half minutes traveling at over 100 miles an hour some people on board have not even lifted their heads from their ipads, laptops, and mobiles, which is a real tribute to the navies of the 1800's who built this line through some of harshest terrain in Britian, it shows that over 150 years after the railway was built it is still been used for what it was intended for to move people between major cities at high speed in great comfort with no distractions, (personaly I find it hard to believe people miss this landscape but they do and that proves the railways worth).


To experience a train ride from Shap to Oxenholme down the Lune Gorge At over 100 MPH for yourself (this has to be the world's most amazing trip)
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Between the Lune Gorge and Oxenholme

The land becomes much gentler between the foot of the Lune Gorge and Oxenholme


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View of Kendal

As we approach Oxenholme the town of Kendal can be seen below us on the right hand side of the train.



Kendal.

Another view of Kendal as we slow down for Oxenholme


trains at Oxenholme

Oxenholme station this is an important Junction station where the branch line to Kendal and Windermere leaves the West Coast mainline. This is where the Majority of people will change trains on their journey to the Lake district although Windermere does boast some through trains to and from Manchester. Oxenholme itself is situated on the outskirts of Kendal but it is a long walk from here to the town centre thus catching a train or a bus from here to the centre is really the only viable option.

See my journey from Oxenholme to Windermere to see more about the Windermere branch. You may even choose to break your Carlisle to Preston journey here Windermere is well worth visiting


Oxenholme

A view of Oxenholme from the southbound platform.


Hutton roof Crags.

Between Oxenholme and Lancaster just North of Carnforth Hutton Roof Crags come into sight this is a limestone outcrop with limestone pavements and is an special area of conservation and a Site of Special Scientific Interest.


Looking west of the west coast mainline

View to the west of the train


The A6 North of Carnforth.

Running alongside the A6 North of Carnforth

This area is passed through on my
A journey from Sheffield to Sheffield via the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District Day 3 Buttermere to Sheffield page

 Speeding through the dissused platforms at Carnforth.

Speeding through the dissused platforms on the West Coast mainline at Carnforth. Carnforth was the where the famous 1945 film brief encounter was filmed. The platforms behind the wall are still in use used by trains from Lancaster bound for Barrow in furness, and Carlisle via the Cumbrian coast line and also Leeds For more information on the Cumbrian coast route see my train ride from Lancaster to Carlisle via Barrow in Furness and the Cumbrian coast page





Virgin trains MLS 3a buffet car.

Also at Carnforth is the railway heritage centre where a lot of engines steam and diesel and rolling stock from all eras are kept the mainline runs at the side of this. See the Carnforth station website for more information.
In this shot a mk3a buffet car in virgin livery can be seen, not to long ago rolling stock like this or even this this very piece of rolling stock would have been in use on London Euston to Glasgow trains as the Pendolinos replaced this type of rolling stock. MK3a's are still in use on the Inter city 125 sets that some rail companies are using on front line service (2014) in various parts of the country an bizarly here is one ready for restoration in 2013


Air Condituoned MK 2a rolling

Some slightly earlier Mk 2 air conditioned rolling stock. One in the old last Inter City Livery


Hest Bank

Despite the main line out of London Euston been known as the the West Coast Mainline there is only one short section of this line where it actually runs on the coast which is at Hest Bank just south of Carnforth on Morecambe bay. It is just a glimpse of the sea so blink and you really could miss it. In this shot the sea can just be made out.


Lune Estuary.

Crossing the Lune Estuary just North of Lancaster station.


Lancaster station

Lancaster the county seat of Lancashire

To experience been on a flyer (non stop) train passing through Lancaster taken off a London Euston to Glasgow Central Express
click here
there are not to many of these each day


Lancaster Canal.

Crossing the Lancaster canal just south of Lancaster station this is England's most northerly canal and originally ran as far as Kendal to learn more about this interesting canal visit the Lancaster Canal trust website


passing through the villiage of Galgate

Passing through the villiage of Galgate


M6 between Lancaster and Preston.

Shortly after Galgate the M6 motorway appears and we run alongside it for quite away as we did way back on Shap Fell.


Preston appearing.

On the approach to Preston


The Blackpool line.

Just before we arrive in Preston the line to Blackpool can be seen off the right hand side of the train.


Arrival at Preston.

Arrival at Preston. This train will then go on and stop at Wigan, Warrington, and then London Euston. Preston is a major station with many connecting trains it's also the gateway to Blackpool one of the UK's major seaside resorts.

Preston also gets a mention on my
The journey back from Lands End to Abbeydale Rd via Penzance, St Ives, Camborne, Penzance, London, Sheffield, Leeds, Skipton, Preston, Burnley, Halifax, Huddersfield
page
and my
bus ride from Preston to Blackpool
and my
bus ride from Bolton to Preston
and my
bus ride from Preston to Burnley

The West Coast Mainline further south is crossed twice in my
train ride from Manchester to Chester
It is also crossed in my
train ride from Manchester to Liveepool





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