(Page created 19/04/05. Last updated 14/02/18)
by Roger Baker
The growth and decline of rail transport in Cumbria has attracted much attention from enthusiasts, and you are recommended to find out more by following the links to the two web sites below. Don’t forget to come back here once your appetite has been satisfied!
Click on www.cumbrianrailways.org.uk to visit the home of the Cumbrian Railways Association for a general history of railways in the county, articles, photos, links to other related sites and a list of books for further reading. The CRA maintain a related photographic site at http://cumbrianrailways.zenfolio.com .
Click on www.cumbria-railways.co.uk to find out more about the lost railways of Northern Cumbria, including The Bolton Loop of the Maryport and Carlisle Railway, the Corkickle Brake Incline at Whitehaven, the Solway Junction Railway, Rowrah and Kelton Fell Mineral Railway, Eden Valley and Stainmore Railway, Lowca Light Railway, and the Brampton Railway.
Compiled by Alan Postlethwaite
Crewe to Carlisle : Brian Reed, Ian Allan Ltd., 1983
Cumbrian railways : John Marsh & John Garbutt, Sutton Publishing Ltd., 1999
Cumbrian steam : Gordon Edgar, Amberley Publishing, 2014
Cumbrian traction : Gordon Edgar, Amberley Publishing, 2014
The Furness Railway – a history : Michael Andrews, Barrai Books, 2012
The Furness Railway – a recollection : K J Norman, Silver Link Publishing, 1994
Industrial locomotives and railways of Cumbria : Gordon Edgar, Amberley Publishing, 2016
Industrial railways and locomotives of Cumberland : Peter Holmes, Industrial Railway Society, 2017
An introduction to Cumbrian railways : David Joy, Cumbrian Railways Association, 2017
North of Leeds : Peter E Baughan, Roundhouse Books, 1966
Over Shap to Carlisle : Harold D Bowtell, Ian Allan Ltd., 1983
Rail centres – Carlisle : Peter W Robinson, Booklaw Publications, 2004
Railways in the landscape : Gordon Biddle, Pen & Sword Transport, 2016
Railways of Cumbria : Peter W Robinson, Dalesman Books, 1980
A regional history of the railways of Great Britain, Vol.14 The Lake Counties : David Joy, David & Charles, 1983
(A more complete bibliography of publications on local railway history can be found on the website of the Cumbrian Railways Association.)