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Bootle railway station

Place Bootle
Local authority Copeland
Grid reference
Station code BOC
Managed by Northern Rail
Number of platforms 2
DfT category F2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05  13,397
2005/06 12,537
2006/07 14,512
2007/08 14,403
2008/09 17,828
2009/10 15,582
2010/11 14,946
2011/12 12,792
2012/13 13,312
2013/14 11,496
Original company Whitehaven and Furness Junction Railway
Pre-grouping Furness Railway
Post-grouping London, Midland and Scottish Railway
8 July 1850 (1850-07-08) Station opened
National RailUK railway stations
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Bootle from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
UK Railways portal

Bootle Railway Station, situated in the hamlet of Bootle Station, serves the village of Bootle and the neighbouring hamlet of Hycemoor in Cumbria, England. The railway station is a request stop on the scenic Cumbrian Coast Line 24 miles (39 km) north of Barrow-in-Furness. It is operated by Northern Rail who provide all passenger train services.


  • History 1
  • Services 2
  • Explosion on 22 March 1945 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


The Whitehaven and Furness Junction Railway was authorised in 1847 for a line which would link the town of Whitehaven with the Furness Railway at Broughton-in-Furness.[1] It was opened in stages, and the section between Ravenglass and Bootle opened either on 19 July 1850[2] or on 8 July 1850.[3] On 28 October 1850 the last section between Bootle and Broughton-in-Furness was formally opened.[2]

The station buildings in 1998


Monday to Saturdays there is generally an hourly (with some longer gaps in the early morning and afternoon) request service southbound to Barrow and northbound towards Whitehaven and Carlisle. Some services continue beyond Barrow via the Furness Line.

There is no evening or Sunday service.

Explosion on 22 March 1945

At about 22:17 on 22 March 1945 a wagon containing depth charges in southbound freight train caught fire on approaching Bootle. The train crew, driver H. Goodall and fireman H.N. Stubbs, on becoming aware of the fire, stopped the train south of Bootle station. Despite the fierce fire, the crew isolated the burning wagon by uncoupling the rear portion of the train, then drawing it forward to before uncoupling the burning wagon. With the wagon isolated, the fireman went forward to protect the northbound line while the driver went back in a possible attempt to fight the fire. At this point the depth charges violently exploded, killing the driver and creating a crater 105 feet long to a depth of 50 feet.

View southward, towards Barrow-in-Furness and Carnforth in 1966


  1. ^ Rush, Robert W. (1973). The Furness Railway 1843-1923. The Oakwood Library of Railway History. Lingfield: Oakwood Press. pp. 33–34. OL35. 
  2. ^ a b Rush 1973, p. 34
  3. ^ Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 39.  

External links

  • Train times and station information for Bootle railway station from National Rail
  • "Report on the Explosion that occurred at Bootle on 22nd March 1945" (PDF). Retrieved 5 September 2010. 
Preceding station   National Rail National Rail   Following station
Northern Rail
Mondays-Saturdays only
Historical railways
Line open, station closed
Furness Railway
Line and station open

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