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By Train to St Bees
Above - the Cumbrian Coast Railway south of St Bees; surely one of the most scenic coastal stretches of railway in England. This is not an excursion train; mainline coaches are used as part of the day to day rolling stock to meet demand
St Bees is a mandatory stop on the Cumbrian Coast Line, and since 1849 has been a popular means of travelling to the village.
As of early 2013 St Bees is served by 22 passenger trains a day between Preston/Lancaster/Barrow in the south, and Carlisle in the north; giving virtually an hourly service in each direction. The first train arrives at 6.35 and the last departs at 19.34.
See this link for improved service news for April 2015 onwards service news http://www.northernrail
A number of trains on the southern route extend direct through to Preston or Lancaster. There are no Sunday trains, but Whitehaven, just a short taxi ride away, has a Sunday service from Carlisle.
Trans Pennine Express runs trains to Barrow and Carlisle from Manchester and airport and connect with Northern Trains to St Bees.
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Main Line luxury on several trains each day now
The two class 37 trainsets are now running on the Coastal line. Travel in MKIII coaching stock luxury hauled by up to 7,400 horespower. Large guards vans for cycles. One train has a first class corridor compartment carriage at normal 2nd class prices. Below is the crossing of both set at 4 pm each day
Class 37s crossing at St Bees at 4 p.m. weekdays
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From the North (Glasgow Edinburgh, Newcastle)
From the South
The most picturesque route is via Barrow, the Lake District Peninsulas and the Western Lakes coastal strip; the journey itself in an experience. The railway crosses the estuaries of southern Lakeland, and there are marvellous views of the Lakeland fells. Near St. Bees the scenery changes and the track is almost running along the beach for the last few miles. There are amazing seascapes from the carriage window as St Bees is approached.
Rail travel from Newcastle airport is via the Newcastle Metro (station at the airport) then Via Newcastle Central station along the Tyne Valley Line to Carlisle, and then to St Bees.
Travel from Glasgow airport requires bus to Glasgow Central station, then south to Carlisle and St Bees.
St Bees Railway Station
(Station Code SBS on national rail online enquiries)
The station is in the centre of the village and just 15 minutes walk from the beach, there are two platforms. It is a manned level crossing with an original mechanical signalbox dating from 1891. This is now a grade 2 listed building, one of the few "Arts and Crafts" signalboxes in UK.
There has been a station since 1849, and many of the Victorian buildings survive. (see History). One is a restaurant.
Recently one platform has had a new access hump installed and the platform extended, and the old waiting shelters have been replaced with attractive new wooden structures. The platforms uable lengths have been extended to cater for the class 37 locos and their four carriages.
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