Carnforth railway station is the internationally renowned setting for the 1945 film Brief Encounter. Access to the mainline platforms was removed under Beeching in the 1970s and the station sadly fell into disrepair. A dedicated group of volunteers established a trust company to rebuild the station in the mid 1990s and a £1.5m project began, culminating in a grand reopening in 2003.
Although now functional, the station is far from operating at its full potential as a pivotal junction in the region. It can only do so following the reinstatement of the West Coast Mainline platforms. Carnforth Railway Action Group has formed to achieve this.
Carnforth Railway Action Group is a small group. We do not meet formally, but join for a chat when appropriate. We meet in the Station Master's Office adjacent to the Brief Encounter Refreshment room often over a coffee and a cake made for us by Wendy the baker in the cafe.
Individuals in our group created our website and a member has done a considerable amount of research in connection with the removal of access to trains on the main line. This led to his finding that the Main Line Platforms are not closed but withdrawn: our MP was able to get Network Rail to admit that fact.
Through our MP we presented a 6,000-name petition at Westminster to show support for the notion of replacing access to trains north and south at Carnforth.
We of course promote our cause at every opportunity in the press, on the radio and to whoever we can.