Caldew Junction

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Name and dates

Caldew Junction (1877-1986)

Opened on the Caledonian Railway.
Opened on the Carlisle Goods Loop (Carlisle Goods Traffic Committee).


This junction was north of Carlisle station. It was where, in 1877, a northern end of the Carlisle Goods Loop (Carlisle Goods Traffic Committee) met the Caledonian Railway. Today it is the southern extremity of the goods lines which pass through Kingmoor Marshalling Yard where these rejoin the main line.

Both goods loop and main line were double track. The signal box was located on the east side of the line. The box also controlled the junction between the goods line^s forks to Willowholme Junction (for the Waverley Route) to the west and the Caledonian connection.

To the south the goods line was to the west and main line to Carlisle to the east. The goods line split in two, from west to east:
- the goods line south to Dentonholme North Junction (Goods Traffic Committee)
- the approach to Viaduct Goods (Caledonian Railway)

The signal box was replaced in 1909 when it subsumed Carlisle No 2 box which has been at Port Carlisle Branch Junction, to the north and on the Caledonian Railway rather than goods lines.

To the north Kingmoor Marshalling Yard opened in 1963. Viaduct Goods closed in 1965.

The box remained until 1973 when it was absorbed by the new Carlisle Signalling Centre, during electrification of the West Coast Main Line. The goods only lines to the south closed in 1986. Now the southern connection for the freight lines to Kingmoor Marshalling Yard remains.




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