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  • Collection: Transport in North West England

Horse drawn railway service at Port Carlisle

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The village of Port Carlisle, originally known as Fishers Cross, was developed as a port in 1819 to handle goods for Carlisle using the canal link built in 1823. In 1854, just after the canal was filled in, a railway opened using the canal bed for…

Platelayers in Carlisle

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Photograph of platelayers in Carlisle, 1899. Platelayers were employed to inspect and maintain the track, including all its component parts such as rails, sleepers and bolts. Duties included greasing points and generally watching for wear and tear.…

Aisgill Railway Disaster

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The Aisgill rail disaster occurred on the Settle-Carlisle Railway on 2 September 1913, at a point near the hamlet of Aisgill where the gradient caused a challenge for smaller locomotives. A stalled passenger train was hit from behind by a second…

Engine cleaners (?) at Upperby Depot, Carlisle

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Photograph which possibly shows women engine-cleaners, who would have been drafted in to undertake this work during World War One.

Quintinshill Rail Disaster 1915

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Photograph of the disaster site published in the Daily Sketch 24 May 1915