by Cecilia McCabe
Penrith station has changed little since its opening on 17 December 1846, but its ownership has changed many times. It was built by the Lancaster and Carlisle Railway, then became part of the London and North West Railway, often nicknamed ‘The Premier Line’ in the heyday of Steam.
After grouping in 1923 it became part of the London Midland and Scottish Railway; then after WW2 with the nationalisation of the railways it was owned by British Rail. Privatisation followed in 1994 with Network Rail being formed to own the tracks and stations. The management of the station is by the company owning the West Coast main line franchise, currently, March 2023, Avanti.