film charts the very British affair of a mother and a doctor who
meet on the station platform. Carnforth station still has many of
its original features.
is just on the Lancashire side of the Cumbrian border in the south
of the county. We've included it because the station's role in the
film is a favourite piece of Cumbrian trivia.
station saved by its history
station is on the line bringing people into South Cumbria from Lancaster
and Preston. The journey takes passengers through some of the most
beautiful landscape in Britain.
November 1996 the Carnforth Station and Railway Trust Co. Ltd. was
formed to attempt to rejuvenate the station, and after strenuous
efforts, and with the assistance of Railtrack, plans were put in
place, and the rejuvenation of the station started late 2000.
'Clock' was removed from Carnforth station in the late 1970's, and
was sold. Years later it was tracked down, and refurbished and now,
once again, proudly tells the time as a centrepiece of the recently
finished, refurbished station.
Carnforth was chosen
filming took place in 1945, the threat of air-raids hung over London.
As the filming would be at night with a huge lighting rig, this
would not be possible in London.
film crew had to move to the far north. The director, David Lean,
chose Carnforth as the slopes up to the platforms were much easier
for the actors to run up and down than stairs.
location of Carnforth's real refreshment room was not convenient
enough for the director, however. The room's exterior seen in the
film was constructed from flats.