The Cockermouth, Keswick & Penrith Railway (2001 Edition)
In The Times of 26th August, 1998 there was a news item headed 'Ministers pledge cash for revival of rail links'. Prominent against the text was a large photograph of Bassenthwaite Lake station, taken in 1959. Holidaymakers and local people are alighting from the two-coach train, the people in , the photograph look happy. The station is well cared for with hedges neatly trimmed and flowers in the borders. The hills, so impressive, make a superb back-drop to the scene. It is idyllic. Yet all is not well even though the people in the picture are smiling, possibly for the camera. The guard seems to look rather more concerned than happy; the railway system in this part of the country was coming under close scrutiny and, ultimately, a threat. In only a little more than a decade after the photograph was taken, the line would be closed. In the accompanying article the writer informed his readers about the recent move by the Government to give one the green light to a string of railway construction projects. Railtrack, it was reported, was supporting proposals that it considered to have a strong commercially viable case. These included a connection from Penrith to Keswick, on the former CK&PR. . .
It is probably true to say that until a few years ago, only a small number of people in their wildest dreams would have countenanced such a possibility. The Cockermouth, Keswick & Penrith Railway was something in the past; assigned to history. The story had ended. However, the final decade of the 20th century witnessed a remarkable change in attitudes. As a result the railway, thought of as finished and gone for ever may not be so.
This book gives an account of the planning, building and operating of a railway which fell foul of the draconian measures applied to numerous rural lines in the early 1960s - which led to closure. A railway once considered to be gone forever but which now may well be revived - at least in part. A railway many would argue should never have been closed in the first place, serving as it did of the most strikingly beautiful areas of rural England.
Softback, A5 format, 200 pages, 120 illustrations.
Most orders are dispatched within two-three working days of receipt of cleared payment. If there is going to be a significant delay (more than 10 working days), we will contact you and, where possible, give you an estimated dispatch time.
Please be aware that advance orders will be sent as soon as the relevant book has been published.
When placing your order, please ensure that you add the correct full shipping address to your order. This includes house number, street name, zip code/post code. If parcels are returned on account of an incorrect shipping address we will contact you to seek the correct address and also ask that you pay a contribution towards posting the parcel to you a second time.
All orders over £20.00 are post free to all UK addresses. For orders of £20 or less, a £1.50 postage fee will be added. These are normally sent via Royal Mail 48 Hour (the business equivalent of 2nd class mail) which is not tracked. If you require tracking for your, tracking options are available for a small fee. If the service that you require is not shown, please get in touch with us and we can quote for your desired service.
Large, bulky or high value orders may be split in to multiple consignments or sent via courier. There is no additional charge for this and you will be advised at the order fulfillment stage if this happens.
Overseas orders are charged based on weight, and postage will be automatically calculated at checkout. For a postage quotation, please add the items you want to your cart and proceed to the checkout. All orders are usually sent via Air Mail - this is not tracked. If you required your order to be tracked or sent by a different service, please contact us, preferably before checkout.
Royal Mail will only accept parcels up to 5kg in weight (2kg for Canada). If you are ordering multiple items that exceed these limits, please contact us first so that we can advise you of the appropriate shipping rate.
Due to the high volume of parcels going missing, we are no longer able to send untracked orders via third party mail handling services such as Parcel Motel. We are able to send untracked parcels to bona fide PO Box addresses, friends and family members and to work addresses.
Some countries charge import taxes and we suggest that in these cases, you asked for your order to be tracked so the local taxation authorities can trace your parcel.
Please note that courier services are unable to deliver to PO Box addresses. If you usually use a PO Box address, you will need to supply an alternative address if you require shipping by courier.
Updated: 1 June 2020