Former railway workers from Lancaster Green Ayre station were joined by rail and history enthusiasts for a special New Year’s Day walk.
The group were marking exactly 50 years since Lancaster Green Ayre station and the line to Morecambe closed to passengers on January 1 1966. One of the walkers, Barry Cole, even worked that final shift.
Much of the line is the cycleway between the city and the seaside resort. The group set off from the former Morecambe Promenade station (now The Platform) and walked just under four miles to the site of Green Ayre, on the south bank of the Lune, near Skerton.
Along the way they shared stories of the old line and looked for traces of its heritage, which are still visible today.
The walk concluded at Lancaster station, where special permission was granted for access to the disused platform six, which used to serve trains to and from Green Ayre.
The walk was organised by local historian David Chandler, who is arranging a special event called ‘Green Ayre Rises’ at Lancaster Library on May 1-2, in aid of Lancaster St John’s Hospice.
David said: “I felt we had to mark the actual anniversary and a bracing New Year’s Day walk of the line seemed appropriate. It was a great honour to be accompanied by gentlemen who worked on the line and Barry even blew the whistle to set us off, like a human train. It was a lot of fun.”
Thank you to David Chandler for the pictures and report.