Barrow is the end of the Cumbrian coast line and of the Furness line to Lancaster and Preston. It has a ticket office, passenger information screens, café, toilets and lifts. Trains from Carlisle either arrive on platform 2 or 3, both on an island platform accessed by the stairs or lifts. Northbound trains that start in Barrow usually go from platform 3 and through trains from Lancaster from platform 1 which is by the entrance. Furness line trains usually arrive from the south on platform 1 and often return south from there meaning that unless you catch one of the few through trains you will need to cross to or from platform 1. Trains from here usually go to Lancaster with many continuing to Preston, Manchester and Manchester Airport and run roughly hourly.

The town hall is a splendid Victorian edifice modelled on Manchester town hall. The dock museum is worth a visit and you cannot fail to see Devonshire dock where BAe make submarines.

156 Approaching Barrow-in-Furness
Class 156 Approaching Barrow in Furness

South of Barrow the good views of Morecambe Bay continue once you pass Furness Abbey and as far as Arnside.

Furness Abbey AJ-15-1157
Furness Abbey

Some of the most important stations are

Ulverston which is a beautiful building serving a bustling small town,

Grange over Sands, another Victorian railway town with a long promenade and one end of the historic route over the sands (only to be taken with an experienced guide),

Arnside for the view from the viaduct,

Arnside (Kent) Viaduct from Arnside Knott
Arnside (Kent) Viaduct from Arnside Knott

Silverdale for Leighton Moss nature reserve for the birds,

Carnforth for the Brief encounter tea room and film and views of West Coast Railways trains and a change to the Bentham line to Skipton and Leeds, and

Lancaster on the west coast main line for trains to London, Birmingham and Manchester and to Morecambe, Heysham, Skipton, Leeds and Windermere.