Carnforth Station Heritage Centre
Carnforth Station Heritage Centre is housed in the superbly restored old station building. These had become increasingly run-down from the 1970’s onwards, however after a 3-year restoration project the main building was re-opened in 2003 and now hosts a permanent exhibition celebrating David Lean’s classic 1945 film Brief Encounter (this was filmed at Carnforth station), as well as the restored Brief Encounter cafe. But there are also fasinating exhibitions about Carnforth’s railway heritage, including displays about the Age of Steam including many “tools-of-the-trade” and other memorabilia from the working lives of railwaymen. Carnforth locomotive shed was one of the last 3 depots in the UK to have steam locomotives. These were used until 1968 on several local lines including around the Bay to Barrow-in-Furness and down to Morecambe and Heysham. But when the final few steam locos were withdrawn, the shed was not demolished like most others, instead it became one of the first centres for railway heritage and restoration, a role it still performs today under the ownership of West Coast Railways.
Carnforth Station Heritage Centre has a very informative web site, which also includes many useful Links to other organisations. It also hosts regular events in its beautifully restored Furness & Midland Hall, and is well worth a visit !