Welcome to this website which displays a selection from the 40,000 photographic and other images in our collection.

cover a period of nearly 150 years, with the earliest dating from the 1860s. Most, however, are from the 1930s to the present day and include many high quality and/or historic images taken by photographers such as Richard L Pattinson, Ian S Pearsall, Peter W Robinson and many other capable practitioners.

Images uploaded here are very low resolution, suitable only for prints 6 x 4 inches in size. You can order these through Zenfolio. Larger prints are best ordered direct from us using the order form accessible through the button at the top of the 'All photos' page. Please send cheque with order; UK prices include post and packing. Please note that images are copyright and are sold for private use by the purchaser only. If you wish to reproduce or publish an image p
lease contact our Archivist. Our terms and conditions can be seen on our website: you agree to accept them by placing your order.

If you have a special interest please contact our Archivist who will endeavour to add further images from which you may order prints. He can be reached at archivist@cumbrianrailways.org.uk


In December 2013 we published a second album of photos from the cameras of Ian & Alan Pearsall.

'A North Lancashire Album' is in the same format as 'A Cumbrian Railway Album.' It covers the areas around Lancaster, Carnforth, Morecambe and across to Ingleton. It has 222 images on 112 pages in hard covers and costs only £14.50. The ISBN is 978-0-9570387-3-8.

The Pearsalls' Cumbrian Railways Album also has 112 pages in hard covers and costs only £14.50. The ISBN is 978-0-9540232-8-7.

Both books cost can be ordered through your local bookseller or direct from us (post and packing £2.50 extra) - see 'Current Publications' on our main site for full details.

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The Cumbrian Railways Association is the county's railway history group, founded in 1976.

We are interested in all aspects of the railways of Cumberland, Westmorland, Furness and north Lancashire, the 1974 county of Cumbria (and their adjoining areas),
from the beginnings to the present day. Their history is remarkably diverse. Locally promoted lines, such as those from Carlisle to Newcastle and Maryport in the 1830s and 40s, were soon linked into what became the West Coast Main Line when the Lancaster & Carlisle Railway (later LNWR) and the Caledonian Railway opened their lines over Shap and Beattock. Further local lines proliferated round the coast to serve the burgeoning coal and iron industries of west Cumberland and Furness. Over the Pennines came the Stainmore line from the Durham coal fields, and the Settle & Carlisle line of the Midland Railway.

As well as locomotives and rolling stock, we are interested in stations, signalling, infrastructure and operations - and the men and women who made it all work. The aim is to help modellers, preservationists, historians and those with just a passing interest in the railways of Cumbria.

More information about our services and activities (journal, books, meetings, chatline etc) can be found on our website. Thanks for visiting!

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