Most trains operate between Carlisle and Barrow with additional early and late trains between Carlisle and Whitehaven and between Millom and Barrow. A small number of trains operate from Carlisle through to Lancaster or Preston.

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).

Sprinter carriage

Sprinter carriage

Two sets of locomotive hauled trains are also used with three or 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 0616 0903 1208 1745 Saturdays 0616 0851 1208 1745

From Barrow Mondays to Fridays 0550 0918 1452 1531 Saturdays 0550 0902 1452 1531

On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays the 0616 and 1208 from Carlisle and 0918 and 1531 from Barrow are usually operated by Class 68 locomotives and the other trains with a Class 37 and vice versa on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

MkII carriage internal

Locomotive hauled Mark 2 carriage internal

Many stations are request stops. Trains all stop at the main stations: Carlisle, Dalston, Wigton, Aspatria, Maryport, Workington, Harrington, Whitehaven, Corkickle, St Bees, Sellafield, Seascale, Ravenglass, Millom, Foxfield, Askam and Barrow. 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.

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.