The River Lune (as in Lune-caster i.e. Lancaster) finally becomes sea at the "Point of Lune" which marks the extent of mud and goo that borders the estuary and projects into Morecambe Bay. Newbiggin on Lune is at the inland end where the river has almost disappeared.
There are lots of Newbiggins, four of them being in the Eden District of Cumbria with two more in South Lakeland. County Durham has two with North Yorkshire, Derbyshire and Northumberland only managing one each. Slackers!
The name is a dialect corruption of an the old English for new building and may have referred to a completely new settlement or. more likely, a significant development of an existing hamlet.
The main road (GREEN) in the above map extract is the A685, improved to give the A66 a southbound link to the M1 at Tebay.
Newbiggin had a railway which ran alongside the A685 from to Tebay. Much of the track bed has been use for the A635 improvements.YELLOW) side toad.
The overbridge is also still there, much overgrown.
As well as the station building and attached stationmaster's house, a goodly chunk of the platform has been preserved by the present owners.
But this was NOT Newbiggin on Lune station - oh, no sir. This was Ravenstonedale Station, taking its name from a community ...
... almost a mile away.
The station had staggered platforms ...
... and there is the obligatory small goods yard. Below, the good shed is viewed from the end of the staggered platform.
So, what level of service would the keen Cumbrian "commuter" be considering at Ravenstonedale Station, located at Newbiggin on Lune.
Where would you want to go? There really isn't much at Tebay except connections on to the West Coast main line, so you would guess that most local traffic would be to Kirkby Stephen.
the town had two stations, neither particularly ideal for the town.
... with trains to Ravenstonedale passing under the S & C Smardale Viaduct.
Tomorrow it is the turn of today's bus service to Newbiggin on Lune.
What's is going on?
Next Newbigiin Notes blog : Wednesday 17th August
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