Carnforth Station & Visitor Centre Heritage Centre Brief Encounter

Steam Excursions



It all started “just through me getting a little piece of grit in my eye” at Milford Junction station, otherwise known as Carnforth Station.

Brief Encounter is one of the most popular romantic British films of all time and ranks second in the British Film Institute’s Top 100 ‘best British films’ list. David Lean’s classic 1945 film was partially shot at Carnforth Station and has captured the imagination of audiences for more than sixty years.

Most of the platform scenes were filmed at Carnforth. The external filming of the "Milford Junction" refreshment room used film "flats" specially erected on Carnforth station.

The interior films scenes of the Milford Junction refreshment took place on a set at Denham studios. The set however, bore a very close resemblance to the genuine refreshment room at Carnforth station. The station has been voted the 8th most romantic film location in the country. Come spend a day with us, run up the subway and stand under the famous Brief Encounter clock.

Take a wander around the Heritage Centre where you will see fascinating exhibitions, including the Brief Encounter exhibition; you can watch the film itself which plays continuously throughout the day and you can finish off with a light bite in the Brief Encounter Refreshment Room which is where it all began!

Do you have any “Brief Encounter” or 1940’s memorabilia lying around the house? We are constantly adding to our displays and we would love to hear from anyone who may be able to donate items which can be used either in current exhibitions or in future projects. If you can help, please contact the Heritage Centre Manager on 01524 735165 or email to