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Kirkby Stephen East Railway Station

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The Stainmore Railway Company is a volunteer manned non-profit preservation company formed in 2000 with the idea of restoring Kirkby Stephen East railway station in Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria, England. The idea is to convert Kirkby Stephen East into an authentic North Eastern Railway heritage centre representing the early 1950s, the early days of 'British Railways'. The later Stainmore Railway Company was convened to restore the site including the roof, station platform and some of its rooms have been restored AND a short section of track has been laid along the formation of the old Eden Valley Line, with some sidings and yard infrastructure within the station yard area and surroundings. Some authentic rolling stock has been obtained. Kirkby East station was formerly on the South Durham & Lancashire Union Railway and the company aims to relay a short section of track to allow train running and maybe joining up with the Heritage Eden Valley Railway based at Warcop. In 2013 the Stainmore Railway Company began its first train operating season, running Peckett 0-4-0 'F C Tingey' on selected weekends (see photographs further down). Other trains for the public have been hauled by a diesel shunter locomotive

Stainmore Railway - Kirkby Stephen East Station: A general view of the yard looking away from the station buildings, with Class 20 and 37 diesel locomotives in residence.

 

Stainmore Railway - Kirkby Stephen East Station: The Class 37 diesel under restoration.

 

A winter scene at Stainmore Railway, Kirkby Stephen East. The 0-6-0 diesel shunter STANTON No. 50 with two carriages (January 2015). This 'Janus' design diesel-electric shunter was built by the Yorkshire Engine Company in1958 for the Stanton Ironworks in Ilkeston, Derbyshire.

 

Stainmore Railway - Kirkby Stephen East Station: Another view of the yard.

 

Stainmore Railway - Kirkby Stephen East Station: A Class 47 diesel locomotive on site.

 

Stainmore Railway - Kirkby Stephen East Station: Looking from the yard towards the station buildings.

 

Stainmore Railway - Kirkby Stephen East Station: A diesel multiple unit, one of the 1st/2nd generation from British Railways.

 

Stainmore Railway - Kirkby Stephen East Station: Close ups of the Class 20 diesel.

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Stainmore Railway - Kirkby Stephen East Station: The station platform, building and roof.

 

Stainmore Railway - Kirkby Stephen East Station: A general view of the inside of the 'train shed' with some of the locomotives on display.

 

Stainmore Railway - Kirkby Stephen East Station: The little 0-4-0 Planet diesel shunter no. 3598

 

 

Stainmore Railway - Kirkby Stephen East Station: 0-4-0ST built by Peckett & Sons, No 2084 called 'F. C. TINGEY'.

 

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Stainmore Railway - Kirkby Stephen East Station: On display in the train shed is the historic NER 901 Class locomotive, built in 1875 for  passenger trains between York, Newcastle and Edinburgh. Originally preserved in the old York Railway Museum, later on display in the new National Railway Museum York and Shildon Locomotion Museum. Now on display in Kirkby Stephen East station on loan from the National Collection.

 

Stainmore Railway - Kirkby Stephen East Station: There is a little museum with photographs, display boards and a few bits of memorabilia, and the station cat of course!

 

Stainmore Railway - Kirkby Stephen East Station: An old NER? coach undergoing restoration.

 

Stainmore Railway - Kirkby Stephen East Station: Looking down the station platform and out into the yard.

 

A bit of history of the Stainmore line and Kirkby Stephen East station> It took over three years for Victorian entrepreneurs, engineers and 'navvies' to build the South Durham and Lancashire Union Railway across Stainmore, so connecting the collieries and furnaces of north east England with the haematite ores of Cumberland the shipyards of Barrow-in-Furness. The 'Stainmore Line' was planned and built as the final link in a plan to make a railway from the north-west coast of England to the north-east coast of England. The route ran from Darlington and West Auckland through Barnard Castle and Kirkby Stephen to Tebay and Penrith and much of the route passed across remote moorlands and a vital busy link with the industrial expansion of northern Victorian England. After completion, the 'Stainmore line' became the highest main line railway in the country with many spectacular and beautiful viaducts across Pennine valleys. The Stainmore Line was closed as a through route in 1962 and, sadly, the famous wrought iron viaducts have been demolished, but other historic structures still survive, e.g. beautiful bridges, network of footpaths, greatly helped by the Northern Viaduct Trust in upper Eden Valley. In 1997 a group was formed to restore Kirkby Stephen East station as an important railway heritage centre, with locomotives, rolling stock, working train and a museum.

 

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