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Network Rail: Copycat station is a glass act

Network Rail: Copycat station is a glass act

A railway station built to serve a growing seaside resort and designed to be a miniature copy of a nearby hotel is making the most of what little sunshine there is during the dull and wet British summer.

Grange-over-Sands station has ornate Victorian glass canopies at the front of the station building and above both platforms, incorporating fine filigree work and finials.

The summer sunshine is flooding the station now that the glazing has been replaced and when the sun does not shine, new lighting takes over.

The station opened in 1867 and was designed by EG Paley as a mini version of Grange Hotel, which he also designed and is situated across the road

Andy Morgan, Network Rail’s route asset manager (buildings), said: “This is a fine old station that has remained largely unchanged for nearly 150 years, and we have tried to be sympathetic to the original design when carrying out renovations.”


The platform and station entrance canopies have been completely re-glazed as has the platform 2 canopy support wall. The steel and timber superstructure have been repaired or replaced, along with the all the guttering and downpipes.

Painted in red, green and cream, the work cost nearly £250,000 and was delivered by Network Rail’s LNW property works team.