Stainmore Railway Company

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Coordinates: 54°28′16″N 2°20′53″W / 54.471°N 2.348°W / 54.471; -2.348

Stainmore Railway Company
Eden Valley Railwayto Musgrave
EVR bridge no.2
EVR bridge no.1
SD&LURto Smardale
Kirkby Stephen East
A685
Stenkrith Bridge
SD&LURto Barras

Stainmore Railway Company is a volunteer run non-profit preservation company formed in 2000 with the aim of restoring Kirkby Stephen East railway station in Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria, England. In 1997 a company called Stainmore Properties Ltd. was formed, with the intention to convert KSE into an authentic North Eastern Railway focussed heritage centre representing the early 1950s. The Stainmore Railway Company was subsequently formed to restore the site. Since then essential repairs have been made to the roof and station, a number of 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 area and surroundings. A quantity of rolling stock that is authentic to the site has since been brought in and further arrivals are expected in 2015.

The 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. There is the eventual aim of joining up with the Heritage Eden Valley Railway (at Warcop), respectively. August 2011 marked the 150th anniversary of the railway. To commemorate this occasion a series of events were held during 2011, leading up to 'Stainmore 150', a large event, where Steve Davis, the then-head of the National Railway Museum, drove the first fare-paying passenger train from the station in over 50 years. In 2013 the Stainmore Railway Company began its first operating season, running Peckett 0-4-0 'F C Tingay' on selected weekends. In 2014 this was joined by Yorkshire Engine Company 'Stanton' which operates diesel hauled trains on weekends when there is no steam service.

Locomotives[edit]

Class Number (&Name) Wheels Image Status Notes
Peckett and Sons
No. 2084 FC Tingey
0-4-0ST
Operational
Ex-Courtaulds, North Wales. Donated to the Llangollen Railway, but sold via a scrap merchant to Steamtown Carnforth where it was restored. Came to KSE in 2000, spent three years at the Caledonian Railway (Brechin), now back at KSE. Currently in South Durham and Lancashire Union Railway (SD &LUR) livery. Videos on Stainmore and Tring's Trains YouTube Channels.
Hunslet Austerity
No.3825 (68009)
0-6-0ST Hunslet 3777 (7103629347).jpg
Under Overhaul
Delivered to Betteshanger Colliery, Kent in 1954. Sold into preservation at the Great Central Railway in November 1981, sold to North Norfolk Railway 1993. Bought by KSE in 2004, but then spot-hired. Expected to be back in service as early as 2015.
NER 901 Class
No. 910
2-4-0 North Eastern Railway 901 Class 2-4-0 locomotive at Locomotion, Shildon, Co. Durham. (3066267027).jpg
Static Display
Built in 1875 for use on passenger trains between Newcastle and York/Edinburgh. Originally preserved in the old York Railway Museum, it was later displayed at the National Railway Museum and its outpost Shildon Locomotion Museum. Currently on display in Kirkby Stephen East station. On loan from the National Collection.

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