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February news

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Buses replace trains on 25 February between Whitehaven and Ulverston and also for the 1900 Carlisle-Whitehaven and 2030 return.

The timetable includes full Furness line services from 11 December.

The planned improved timetable for December 2017 has now been put back to May 2018 because of delays in electrification in south west England and subsequent transfer of trains. The previous date for the withdrawal of loco hauled trains and Pacer units of December 2019 still stands, when we should be served by a fleet of four car refurbished class 156 diesel multiple units.

Settle and Carlisle line trains are replaced by buses until 31 March 2017 between Carlisle and Armathwaite or Appleby. Some trains run as far north as Armathwaite with buses between Carlisle and Armathwaite, Carlisle and Appleby and/or Penrith and Appleby. Steam trains are running two additional return services a day between Appleby and Skipton on 14-16 February and tickets and reservations are available.

Fares on Northern increased by an average of 2.2% on 2 January (slightly below the national average of 2.3%.

Chris Tarrant is talking about his TV series entitled The romance of railways at Words by the Water at Theatre by the Lake in Keswick on 3 March at 2000. Public booking opened on 9 January and tickets are £10.

West Coast Railways have excursions from Carlisle, Penrith, Oxenholme and Lancaster to Shrewsbury on 22 March, from Carlisle to York and Scarborough on 17 May and Carlisle, Penrith and Oxenholme to Betws-y-Coed on 20 September together with other departures from Carnforth.

Bus or train? There’s a comparison of journeys on the FAQ page.

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