Carnforth is an important railway junction on the main west coast London-Glasgow-Edinburgh routes with connections to the photogenic south and west Cumbria.
During the two World Wars thousands of servicemen passed through Carnforth en route to duty overseas.
But its main claim to fame is its starring role in David Lean’s romantic classic 1945 film, Brief Encounter.
Step back in time with a visit to Carnforth Station’s award-winning heritage centre and 1940’s themed Refreshment Room. It’s been restored to how it was when Celia Johnson and Trevor Howard met there and were tempted to jeopardise their marriages by having an affair.
The Ministry of War Transport suggested Carnforth to David Lean as a suitable location for Brief Encounter as it was considered remote and safe from enemy attack.
Filming took place every night between 10pm and 6am so as not to interfere with essential daytime train operations.
The Heritage Centre and Refreshment Room opened on 17 October, 2003, following three years’ work to renovate the then derelict station buildings.