Ravenstonedale railway station

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Ravenstonedale railway station was situated on the South Durham & Lancashire Union Railway (SD&LUR) between Tebay and Kirkby Stephen East. It served the villages of Ravenstonedale and Newbiggin-on-Lune.


Ravenstonedale station building and eastbound platform as surviving in 2016
Location of the station on 1935 map

The station was built by the SD&LUR, which was promoted by the Stockton and Darlington Railway (S&DR) and was opened on 8 August 1861. It was initially named Newbiggin until it was renamed Ravenstonedale on 1 January 1877. The SD&LUR was merged into the S&DR on 1 January 1863 and the latter was merged into the North Eastern Railway (NER) on 13 July 1863.

The station had two passenger platforms and a small goods siding. The main station building was erected on the northerly (eastbound) side of the line next to the road from Tebay to Ravenstonedale and Kirkby Stephen.

On the railway grouping of 1 January 1923, the NER became part of the London and North Eastern Railway and British Railways North Eastern Region took over the passenger services on nationalization on 1 January 1948. Passenger services were withdrawn on 1 December 1952 and the station closed completely on 22 January 1962.


  • Walton, Peter (1992). The Stainmore & Eden Valley Railways. Oxford Publishing Co. ISBN 0-86093-306-7. 
  • Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory Of Railway Stations. Patrick Stephens Limited. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. 
  • British Railways Pre-Grouping Atlas And Gazetteer. Ian Allan Publishing. 1997 [1958]. ISBN 0-7110-0320-3. 

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Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Gaisgill   South Durham & Lancashire Union Railway   Smardale

Coordinates: 54°26′34″N 2°27′48″W / 54.4427°N 2.4634°W / 54.4427; -2.4634