Castletown Station

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1st August 1874

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South Line


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9 Miles, 70 Chains

Open Seasonally

Above: The original 1874 station at Castletown is constructed of limestone from the local Scarlett Point and is one of several local structures to do so, the most notable being the medieval fortess at the heart of the town, Castle Rushen, a short walk from the station.  This rendering shows it complete with canopy and ornamental veranda prior to removal in 1955 and the original layout of windows under the shelter which were amended to become openings as part of the 1994 refurbishment and ladies toilets, the gentlemans facilities originally being in the portion to the far left which is now home to the Friends Of... volunteers model railway exhibition.

(Photo: I.o.M.S.R.S.A.)

The main intermediate stopping place on the south line, the limestone building here dates from the opening, a similar structure was also supplied for Port Erin, to the same design but of local slate (this was replaced by the current building in 1902).  A long passing loop was provided from opening and a timber-built goods shed; the station was upgraded beginning in 1901 when the building had a canopy and ornamental veranda fitted to the frontage, and a new goods shed erected the following year.  The latter survives today and the canopy, which had its ornamentation removed in 1955, and was taken down completely in November 1993.

A limestone tank house served by a natural well was also installed at the turn of the century, though this was demolished in 1978 and a replacement erected in 1999 though this is only a temporary structure.  The station remained largely unchanged for many years, the first significant addition being the half-height platforms which were installed in 1999 to improve access to the trains as part of a policy of improving this at every station along the line.  The goods siding, which had originally extended as far as the end of todays patrons car park was shortened twice, the second time in connection with the 1994 refurbishment when the car park was extended and part of the rear loading platform removed.  The frames of No.7 Tynwald were displayed here until September 2012.

The station building was restored to its original condition and reopened in 1994, although the detailed fascia boards today are not as the building would originally have appeared.  At this time the canopy was removed and the waiting room restored, having been used for several years as a permanent way store.  From 2009 a dedicated Friends Of... volunteer group has existed for the station, tending to the floral displays each season and adding historical displays, a model railway, replica signage and maintaining the platform furniture among other things.  In 2023 their project to install a replica advertisement hoarding reached fruition, in the place of the original which had been removed in 1976.  Today the station is the principal passing place for all services since the closure of Ballasalla Station in November 2015.

In common with all other stations, there were no services in 1966 and the site was closed; it then served as the terminus for the 1975 season when short line working between there and Port Erin was experimented with by the Railway Company, this being extended to serve Ballasalla Station in 1976 before a return to full line workings the following year.  Since 1965 the station has therefore been open seasonally, again serving as the temporary terminus during I.R.I.S. scheme works in 2002 when the line further north was lifted.  Notably it was also open in the usually closed season between December 2012 and January 2013 when trains operated to serve Castle Rushen High School during a bus strike.  The office was also open on selected days during the first lockdown for Covid-19 in 2020 to facilitate the sale and top up of bus tickets and Go Cards.

The station has been used in connection with filming on a variety of occasions, notably The Brylcreem Boys in 1999, Five Children & It in 2003 (for which a replica canopy was constructed) and Thomas & The Magic Railroad, a live-action version of the Rev. Wilbur Awdry classic.  It was also used to double for Vladivostok for a television adaptation of The Ginger Tree in 1988.  Its most recent appearance in the media was for the filming of Great British Railway Journeys with former politician Michael Portillo in the summer of 2021.  The Association works closely with the Friends Of... group the station being considered the best preserved on the line.  For a time the goods shed was used as a work base for the Association who still assist the local group in a number of ways.

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The 2023 anniversary season began with snowfall on the first day, 10th March; here is the station on that morning.

A typical scene with the welcoming waiting room on 26th September 2022; this station is the most historically in tact on the line.

A busy summer scene with No.4 Loch on 21st August 2022 on a fine day; the station is the principal passing place for all trains.

The waiting room has been restored and is kept by the Friends Of... volunteer group who fund and tend to the coal fire.  9th April 2022

No.12 Hutchinson arriving from the south passing the advertisement hoarding in the summer of 1974. A replica is now in this position.

The station dressed during the filming of Thomas & The Magic Railroad where it was renamed as Shining Time Station and panelled in.

The goods shed was constructed by the local firm McArds in 1902 and remains in use today, seen here in September 1958.

No.13 Kissack with the Royal Train on Saturday 2ndJuly 1972; members of the Royal Family boarded the train at this station.

A typical view of the station from 4th July 1969 showing the timber hut which was a store, canopy in place and station flagpole.

No.12 Hutchinson arriving and passing the goods yard on 17th July 1962 with an array of freights stock in the yard.

Progress being made by the Friends Of... volunteers on the replica advertisement hoarding during April 2023.

No.11 Maitland arriving at the station in April 2023 during the busy Easter period; the station is the usual crossing point for services.

Friends Of... replica advertisement hoarding on 4th December 2022 during construction; this was supported by Culture Vannin.

No.4 Loch with a southbound train viewed from the office doorway framed by the canopy on  17th August 1974.

2nd June 2021 and the station in definitive terms in a quiet time between trains proudly flying the national flag.

No.12 Hutchinson and her train ready to head south on 22nd August 1960, note the station canopy and entrance gate to the right.

An array of signage displayed in the goods shed windows including used running in boards and safety signs from the past.

Pre-season stock train with No.11 Maitland passing No.25 Sprout with the well wagon on lineside vegetation control duty in March 2023.

The floorplan of the station after the addition of the timber canopy in 1902 showing the original arrangement of separate general and ladies waiting rooms, both with coal fires provided and the gentlemans facilites which were open-topped as built, a roof being added during the 1994 renovations.  The toilet facilities are now divided within the original ladies room, the former gents now housing the Friends Of... model railway exhibition.