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.3
EVR bridge no.2
EVR bridge no.1
SD&LURto Smardale
Kirkby Stephen East
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 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 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.

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 Tingey' on selected weekends. In 2014 this was joined by Yorkshire Engine Company 'Stanton' which operates diesel hauled trains on some weekends when there is no steam service.


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 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 J94 68000.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. Initial work has begun on an overhaul, but further progress is dependent on the building of the new shed.
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.
LNER J21 65033
NER/LNER J21 No65033
0-6-0 J21 No.65033 at Shildon.jpg
Awaiting overhaul
J21 WILL ARRIVE AT Kirkby Stephen East AT SOME POINT DURING 2016. Donated to the Locomotive conservation and learning trust (LCLT) from the North Norfolk Railway. The locomotive has not steamed in preservation since the 1980s. The locomotive 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 in 2016, where restoration work will eventually begin (along with 1902 NER Bogie tools birdcage van, which is already on site).
Hibberd Planet DM
Planet DM "Elizabeth"
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.
Stanton No50
Stanton No50"
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).
YEC No305
YEC No305
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.

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 "Diamond Jubilee" running day during 2012, 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.
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.
NER Stores van
NER Stores van 5523
bogie van LCLT Birdcage tools van.JPG
Awaiting 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.
NER full brake
NER full brake 2131
6 wheeled (currently on 4) NER 6 wheeled brake.JPG
Awaiting restoration
6 wheel compartment brake van which is currently undergoing restoration. Hoped to be returned to traffic (in 6-wheeled form) by 2016.
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.
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
Awaiting restoration
Ex-LNER 5-plank 'pipe' wagon. Sees little use as it is very fragile in its current state.
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.
LNER TTO 60505
Gresley bogie LNER TTO 60505.JPG
98% complete
LNER TTO No 60505. Currently one of 6 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).

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