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Carnforth Station Heritage Centre

11 miles from Kirkby Lonsdale

25 Mins by car

  • Carnforth Station Heritage Centre

Possibly best-known from the famous train scene in David Lean's classic 1945 film, Brief Encounter, Carnforth Station is now home to an award-winning heritage centre and 1940s themed Brief Encounter Refreshment Room.

The Heritage Centre and the and Refreshment Room opened on 17 October 2003 following 3 years work to renovate the derelict buildings of Carnforth Station.

During the two World Wars thousands of servicemen passed through Carnforth Station en route to duty overseas. In 1945 David Lean filmed his romantic classic "Brief Encounter" starring Celia Johnson and Trevor Howard. Carnforth was chosen by the Ministry of War Transport as it was remote and safe from attack. Filming had to take place at night between 10pm and 6am so as not to interfere with daytime train operations.