Model event to commemorate closure of Green Ayre station

 The site of Green Ayre railway station
Exhibition to commemorate 50 years since closure of Lancaster station.
Published Mon, 2016-03-14 10:42

Lancaster’s Green Ayre station will be remembered 50 years after its closure with the exhibition of a 40-ft model replica at Lancaster Library.




The site of Green Ayre railway station © Raymond Knapman - Creative Commons

Green Ayre, which opened in 1848, was part of the line providing rail services between Wennington and Morecambe, linking the district to Skipton, Leeds and Bradford. 
There was a connecting branch to Lancaster ‘Castle’ station and trains to Morecambe and Heysham crossed the river via the Greyhound Bridge.

The line was popular with tourists from Yorkshire taking their summer holidays on the Lancashire coast. At one stage, Morecambe was nicknamed ‘Bradford by the sea’.

The line closed in 1966, following the infamous Beeching Report, which rationalised Britain’s railways. 

Green Ayre Rises is presented by the Friends of Lancaster Library and will take place at the Central Library in Market Square, Lancaster, on 1/2 May, from 10am to 4pm.

The 40ft x 20ft model railway is the work of Jamie Guest, a member of the Wakefield Railway Modellers’ Society and has been a labour of love for the last 10 years. 

Local historian David Chandler is organising the event on behalf of The Friends of Lancaster Library. 

He said: ‘Green Ayre Rises is a unique opportunity to see the fantastic model of Lancaster Green Ayre in its home city. 

‘More than that, it’s about sharing memories and stories of the local railways. 

The event also features unique film and audio material, showing the line on its last day of operation in 1966. It was filmed by a former Lancaster curate, the Reverend Bob Jackson.

The footage has been preserved for 50 years and shows a complete return journey between Lancaster and Morecambe. 
Artist Adam York Gregory has created an interactive presentation, which enables visitors to experience a journey on the line. 

Railway memorabilia will be displayed within the library, and local historian Peter Wade will lead a guided walk to the site of Green Ayre station, illustrating how much has changed over the last half century.

‘The line may be gone, but the memories live on – it has a special place in people's hearts,’ Mr Chandler said.

Admission is £2.00 for adults and £1.00 for children/concessions. All proceeds from Green Ayre Rises are being donated to St John’s Hospice, Lancaster. 

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