Most trains operate between Carlisle and Barrow. In evenings and on Sundays trains only run between Carlisle and Whitehaven and between Millom and Barrow. A small number of trains operate from Carlisle through to Lancaster or Preston. There is one train from Newcastle to Whitehaven.
Most trains are two car diesel class 156 Sprinters. Occasionally class 142 Pacers are used. Doors are opened either automatically or by pressing the button next to the door (or on the post near the door on Pacers).
Two sets of locomotive hauled trains are also used with four carriages. To open the doors you need to use the handle on the outside of the door – if inside first open the window. If you have difficulty please ask the conductor for help.
The following services are usually operated by locomotive hauled trains:
From Carlisle Mondays to Fridays 0515 0842 1435 1737 Saturdays 0515 0842 1156 1433
From Preston Mondays to Fridays 1004
From Barrow Mondays to Fridays 0546 1140 1437 1731 Saturdays 0546 0845 1138 1732
Many stations are request stops. Trains all stop at the main stations: Carlisle, Wigton, Maryport, Workington, Whitehaven, St Bees, Sellafield, Seascale, Ravenglass, Millom, Askam and Barrow. Locomotive hauled trains stop at every station. For other stations ask the conductor to stop the train. If you are waiting on a platform at a request stop please indicate to the driver that you want to catch the train. Apart from Nethertown and Braystones which have very limited stops all trains will stop at all stations.
Because of the low platforms at most stations there are Harrington humps, a raised area which is frequently at the front of the train though this varies at different stations. Announcements are sometimes made but if in doubt ask the conductor the best place to get off.
All trains have toilets and spaces for wheelchair users, cycles and luggage. Pushchairs are carried but may need to be folded.
All trains are standard class only. There are no catering facilities on board.