Station Name: KESWICK

[Source: Alan Young]

Keswick Station Gallery 2: September 1950 - August 1963

The dignified Gothic forecourt elevation of Keswick station with its steep gables is seen looking north-east in September 1950. The small awning over the entrance, installed by the LMS to replace a larger, double hipped one,  carries the words ‘LMS KESWICK’ in delicate, decorative metal letters - over two years after the British Railways era began. Latrigg (1203ft) can be seen in the background.
Photo by H C Casserley

Platform 1 (the down platform) of Keswick station looking east in September 1950. The ample platform roofing, glazed over the down platform and slated over the island platform, provides shelter for passengers. The contrast between the original stone building (right) and the later timber structure on the island platform will be noted.  The efficient, but unsightly, concrete lamp standard is one of those installed either by the LMS in its later years, or by BR. The westbound passenger train is headed by No.46447, an Ivatt-designed Class 2F 0-6-0, built at BR Crewe works as recently as March 1949. The loco remained in service until December 1962. She is preserved at the
Buckinghamshire Railway Centre
Photo by RM Casserley

No.46447 waits at the down platform of Keswick station on a passenger train bound for Workington (Main) in September 1950. The Ivatt-designed Class 2F 0-6-0 was built at BR Crewe works in March 1949. The loco remained in service until December 1962. She is preserved at the Buckinghamshire Railway Centre.
Photo by H C Casserley

Stationmaster Jackson Armstrong (second right) and four of his staff from left to right: Harry Hayes, Harry Worthington, Richard Scott and Johnny Rigg pose for the camera at the north end of the down platform in 1956. Jackson Armstrong was the last Stationmaster/Goods agent appointed to Keswick and was in office from 1955 until 1964.
Photo from Cumbria Railways

‘Derby Lightweight’ diesel multiple units were introduced on the line as early as 1955 and one is seen here in the mid/late 1950s at the down platform of Keswick station.
Photo from John Mann collection

‘Derby Lightweight’ diesel multiple units bound for Penrith waits in the up platform at Keswick station in April 1956.
Photo by Walter Denby

Looking north-west on platform 1 (the down platform) of Keswick station. An Ivatt 2MT 2-6-0 is seen on the right. The loco is on the turntable road and has left a brake van on the loop. It may have arrived with a goods train with the loco has been turned in readiness to return to Penrith or perhaps the loco and brake van have arrived at Keswick and are being prepared to work a goods. The presence of the brake van while the loco is being turned confirms that it is involved with a goods working and nothing to do with the passenger train seen far right. This train has passengers on board and the carriage roof board indicates that it is part of ‘The Lakes Express’. The roof boards used on ‘The Lakes Express’ were somewhat complex and confusing. The leading vehicle usually carried a board stating simply ‘The Lakes Express’ and that is the version which generally appears in photographs as it was behind the loco which was usually the subject of the camera. Further down the train, roof boards differed according to the destination of the several portions, of which one was ‘Euston - Keswick – Workington’ whilst others were - and this is where confusion creeps in – ‘Euston - Windermere – Barrow’ and ‘Euston - Windermere – Keswick’ despite, for example, Windermere and Keswick being different
portions of the train.

Photo from John Mann collection

A ‘Derby Lightweight’ DMU pauses at Keswick station’s platform 1 while parcels are being loaded or unloaded. The train is en route to Workington (Main) on a summer day c1960. In the station garden roses are in full bloom. The water tank on platforms 2 and 3 is seen on the right.
Photo from John Mann collection

An unidentified Ivatt 2MT 2-6-0 is seen at platform 2 (down face of the island platform) of Keswick station attached to a Brake Gangwayed vehicle. The date is not known, but the maroon livery of the carriage, together with the presence of a BR totem nameplate and running-in nameboard, both seen side-on, suggests a date of c1960. At this time the station garden is well maintained and ablaze with colour.
Photo from John Mann collection

Keswick station with trains for Penrith (left) and Workington (right) on 31 July 1962.
Copyright photo by Roger Joanes

In July 1963 an Ivatt 2MT waits at Keswick station, platform 1. The smartly presented building with platform roofing on the island platform (2 and 3) can be enjoyed in this view. In the background the upland of Threlkeld Knots forms the horizon.
Photo copyright ColourRail

In August 1963 No.46432 on a down passenger working, the leading carriage being of Mk1 stock, stands at platform 1 of Keswick station. The Ivatt-designed Class 2F 2-6-0 was built at BR Crewe works in December 1948 and latterly was shedded at Carlisle Upperby when she was withdrawn in December 1966. A headcode is chalked onto the smokebox door: 1Z? The '1Z' indicates that the loco has recently been employed on a special passenger train.
Photo copyright ColourRail

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[Source: Alan Young]

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