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The first railway into Lancaster was the Lancaster and Preston Junction Railway, opened on 26 June 1840 to a terminus in the Greaves area of Lancaster, a little way to the south of the city centre. The Lancaster and Carlisle Railway was opened on 22 September 1846 but the route was via the present station in Lancaster, which isolated Greaves station on a short branch line which closed to passengers in 1849. Greaves station was also sometimes known as "Penny Street".
The line survived into the 1950s as a goods station (a railtour paid a visit in 1954). The junction with the main line (known as "Lancaster No.1") is still clearly visible, heading northwards the Greaves line heads straight on when the present line curves sharply to the left.
The station site survives as a car park for the adjacent Royal Lancaster Infirmary, and the original station building survives as part of a nurses' home.
Photos taken 03/04 December 2016.