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Construction was agreed in 1862 for a line from Carnforth, on the Furness system and Wennington, Lancashire on the Midland Railway line from Yorkshire to Morecambe.
Royal Assent was received in June 1863.
The 9½ mile line opened in April 1867 for freight; passengers services began in June.
1923 Became part of London, Midland and Scottish Railway
The line is still in use today as part of the Leeds to Morecambe line though there are no stops. The former Midland Railway from Yorkshire terminates at the Wennington.