My memories of the holiday coastal town of Silloth on the West Cumberland coast now known as Cumbria goes back to 1950. I was 8 years old and a day out at Silloth started at Carlisle station from  Platform 8. Bucket and spade was the order of the day,

Before boarding the train we went to the station toilet for the coaching stock was none corridor. The seats were the full width of the compartment and were fitted out with mirrors or pictures on the walls of the coach. There was electric lighting and a chain hung down  with a sign which said pull in an emergency. Dad would say do not touch.

The line is 22 miles long with 5 intermediate stations and the journey was around 45 minutes. Most of our journeys were made between Easter and some weekend's until the end of August.

On arrival at Silloth there was a rush to the toilet and that strong smell of Jeyes Fluid which became an icon of the station. Most passengers would head for the beach which was known as West Silloth, look at the post card and you will see the path from the station.

New 1954 D.M.U Time Tables for Silloth & Workington 

Steam dominated the Silloth line until a new Derby Light weight Diesel Multiple Unit was tried out on the 24th November 1954. A transition period took place until the 60s when steam was totally replaced by the DMUs and for longer trains Type 26s were used

Now you have got the taste of the line lets take a journey Down The Line To Silloth. Click on the ticket below

Post card Silloth Station area 1910 and the path to the beach.

Not only was the railway a passenger service, it boasted  busy goods trains which ran into Carr's Flour Mills and the docks, which are to the left. Note the church spire a Silloth landmark.

Carlisle Station platform 8 the departure

Carlisle station 24th November 1954 the trial run to Silloth,

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