Stainmore Railway Company

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Stainmore Railway Company
Stainmore Locomotive Company
Non-profit organisation limited by shares
Founded29 March 2000

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

Stainmore Railway (heritage)
Eden Valley Railway
EVR bridge no.3
EVR bridge no.2
EVR bridge no.1 / SD&LUR bridge 148
Kirkby Stephen East
Stenkrith Bridge

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.[1] In 1997 a company called Stainmore Properties Ltd. was formed, with the intention to convert KSE into an authentic North Eastern Railway focused 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 Railway, with some sidings and yard infrastructure within the station area and surroundings. A quantity of rolling stock that is authentic to the site has also been brought in.

The station was formerly on the South Durham & Lancashire Union Railway, and was also the eastern terminus of the Eden Valley Railway. The company has re-instated approximately a third of a mile of running line on the former Eden Valley Railway formation to allow train running. There is the eventual aim of joining up with the heritage Eden Valley Railway (at Warcop).

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 gala, 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, hauled by ex. Kirkby Stephen locomotive BR Standard Class 2 2-6-0 no. 78019. In 2013 the Stainmore Railway Company began its first operating season, running Peckett and Sons 0-4-0 'F C Tingey' on selected weekends. In 2014 this was joined by Yorkshire Engine Company 'Stanton 50' which operates diesel hauled trains on some weekends when there is no steam service.

In June 2017 it was announced that a joint Heritage Lottery Fund bid between the Stainmore Railway Company and the Locomotive Conservation and Learning Trust, to restore both LNER J21 65033 and an ex. North Eastern Railway stores van, no. 5523, as an interpretation vehicle to travel with the locomotive, had been successful.[2] As part of the joint bid, it was agreed that, once restoration is completed, the locomotive will be based at Kirkby Stephen East and become the project's flagship locomotive. As a result of this, work is currently underway to create a vastly more flexible track layout within the station yard, as well as building a new restoration shed and authentic locomotive watering facilities. Part of the new work means that a short stretch of the former South Durham & Lancashire Union Railway formation across Bridge 149 has been re-instated.


Class Number (&Name) Wheels Image Status Notes
Peckett and Sons


No. 2084 FC Tingey
0-4-0ST 0-4-0 F C Tingey.JPG
Ex-Courtaulds, North Wales. Donated to the Llangollen Railway, but sold via a scrap merchant to Steamtown Carnforth where it was restored. Came to Kirkby Stephen East in 2000, spent three years at the Caledonian Railway (Brechin), now back at KSE. Currently in South Durham and Lancashire Union Railway livery. Videos on Stainmore and Tring's Trains YouTube Channels.[3]
Hunslet Austerity
No. 3825

(Runs in preservation as 68009)

0-6-0ST J94 68000.JPG
Awaiting 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 two Stainmore Railway Company directors in 2004, but then spot-hired. Initial work has begun on an overhaul, but further progress is dependent on the building of the new shed.[3]
NER 901
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 the Darlington trainshed at Kirkby Stephen East. On loan from the National Collection.[4]
NER No. 876

LNER No. 65033

0-6-0 J21 No.65033 at Shildon.jpg
Under overhaul
65033 will arrive at Kirkby Stephen East once her overhaul is completed. Donated to the Locomotive Conservation and Learning Trust from the North Norfolk Railway, the locomotive has not steamed in preservation since the 1980s. 65033 was cosmetically restored by volunteers at Shildon Locomotion Museum to appear in British Railways unlined black for the 150th anniversary of the opening of the Stainmore route in 2011 (Stainmore 150). The locomotive will arrive back at Kirkby Stephen to take residence in the new locomotive shed after her overhaul is completed.[2][5]
F. C. Hibberd & Co

Planet DM

Planet DM "Elizabeth"
0-4-0DM 0-4-0 Hibberd Planet DM 'Elizabeth'.jpg
0-4-0DM "Elizabeth". Hartley quarry locomotive, sold into further industrial use, eventually ending up under the ownership of Harry Needle Railroad company. Sold in 2004 to Stainmore. Now used on rear of passenger steam trains, and at the front on diesel worked services.[6]
Yorkshire Engine Company


Stanton 50
0-6-0DE Stanton 50 0-6-0DE.JPG
0-6-0DE "Stanton No50". Ex stanton steelworks locomotive, the only 'Janus' type locomotive at the works, despite a successful career. Sold into further industrial use. The loco was eventually donated to an abortive preservation scheme. The loco then passed from one railway to another for a number of years, eventually ending up at the Nene Valley Railway where she received a full overhaul to operational condition and fitting of both air and vacuum braking systems. The loco was sold privately and is now based at Stainmore Railway Company and is used on Diesel passenger services (the first out of Kirkby Stephen East since the line was closed to passengers in 1965).[6]
Yorkshire Engine Company
No. 305
0-4-0DH YEC 0-4-0 KSE.JPG
Manufactured by YEC and donated for use at KSE by CorusRail at Workington in 2007. It is in full working order and work is ongoing to restore its bodywork and repaint it.[6]

Rolling stock[edit]

Class Number (&Name) Wheels Image Status Notes


bogie coach BR MK1 BSK KSE.JPG
One of two operating BR MK1 coaches at Stainmore Railway Company, used on its own during the 2012 operating season, now works paired with TSO. Restoration is ongoing, with a certain amount of welding work required around the Guard's doors. Currently being painted into BR lined Maroon. On long term loan from the Scottish Industrial Railway Centre.[7]


bogie coach BR MK1 TSO - KSE.JPG
One of two operating BR MK1 coaches at Stainmore Railway Company, arrived on site during 2012/13, works in pair with BSK. Currently being painted into BR lined Maroon. On long term loan from the Caledonian Railway (Brechin).[7]
NER Stores van
NER Stores van


bogie van LCLT Birdcage tools van.JPG
Under restoration
Owned by the Locomotive Conservation and Learning Trust (LCLT) and arrived at KSE in 2014. The van built in York in 1902 to diagram H2 was stored a Beamish Museum in Co Durham. Unfortunately it was subjected to an arson attack in the 1980s but it is restorable. 5523 will be externally restored to its original specification and the interior will form the basis of an exhibition about the J21 locomotive 65033 which is owned by the LCLT.[7][8]
NER full brake
NER full brake


6 wheeled (currently on 4) NER 6 wheeled brake.JPG
Under restoration
6 wheel compartment brake van which is currently undergoing restoration. Largely completed internally, with substantial external panelling work completed, but again requires completion of the restoration shed before final body work and roofing tasks can be completed.[7]
LMS Box van
LMS Box van
4 wheeled LMS Box van.JPG
Fully restored
Now fully restored and painted as the final stage of its restoration. It does not carry a number as it was a box van body that was put onto new bogies.[7]
LMS 'Lowmac'
LMS 'Lowmac'
4 wheeled KSE Lowmac.JPG
Operational for test trains
Sees little use as is still awaiting planking on frame
NER 5 plank
NER 5 plank 'pipe' wagon
4 wheeled NER 5 plank.JPG
Under restoration
Ex-LNER 5-plank 'pipe' wagon. Restoration work commenced in 2016 on this item, with the worn panelling removed, and attention is currently directed to the restoration of the metal frames, before new panelling is installed.
NER Brake van
NER Brake van
6 wheeled NER 6 -wheeled brake.JPG
NER 6 wheeled brake van. This van was originally going to form the basis of passenger services (with fitting of vacuum brakes). This was suspended with the arrival of a BR MK1 BSK. The brakevan still sees use on track maintenance trains and footplate experience courses.


Gresley bogie LNER TTO 60505.JPG
98% complete
LNER TTO No 60505. Currently one of 5 Gresley teak coaches at Kirkby Stephen East. It is 98% complete, but cannot be launched into traffic until the shed is completed, where the gangway connections, roof vents, and buffers will be fitted (something which cannot be done in its current cramped accommodation in the former Tebay platform).


Gresley bogie LNER FK.JPG
Awaiting restoration
LNER Gresley Brake First Corridor No4163. Will take residence in new shed (once complete) and will eventually be restored. Likely to be 3rd in the queue of Gresley coaches after LNER RB No1852 (also in the Tebay platform).


  1. ^ Company, Stainmore Railway. "About Us - Stainmore Railway Company at Kirkby Stephen East". Retrieved 2017-06-26.
  2. ^ a b "Multi-million pound funding boost for Cumbria thanks to National Lottery players | Heritage Lottery Fund". Retrieved 2017-06-26.
  3. ^ a b Company, Stainmore Railway. "Steam Locomotives - Stainmore Railway Company at Kirkby Stephen East". Retrieved 2017-06-26.
  4. ^ "North Eastern Railway, locomotive 910 - Our collection - National Railway Museum". 2009-11-20. Retrieved 2017-07-05.
  5. ^ "LNER J21 65033". Retrieved 2017-07-05.
  6. ^ a b c Company, Stainmore Railway. "Diesel Locomotives - Stainmore Railway Company at Kirkby Stephen East". Retrieved 2017-06-26.
  7. ^ a b c d e Company, Stainmore Railway. "Carriage & Wagon - Stainmore Railway Company at Kirkby Stephen East". Retrieved 2017-07-05.
  8. ^ "NER TOOLS VAN". Retrieved 2017-07-05.

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