The Stainmore Line part 1

         
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gg Sadly I never had a chance to record steam over Stainmore, so with a flavour of what it may have been like, click on the sound icon for a memorable recording of BR Standard 4, 75014 with 7 coaches on the climb to Slochd on the Highland Main Line 12/10/1997. It starts on the 1:60 approaching Culloden station then over the easy grade of Culloden Viaduct (No such luxury at Belah!) then back onto the 1:60, despite the rubbish coal Bert Hitchin has her feathering shortly afterwards. I very much doubt many runs on the Stainmore line were done in this fashion, over 25 minutes almost continuously at Full and 45%! And the Western Region didn't think the Standard 4's would be a match for a Manor!

All the B&W photographs of Belah were taken on 25/05/2007.Please click on an image for a larger version. Many thanks to the current owners of Barras station for permission to take the shots of the Station and for the warm welcome I recieved, it was an hour very pleasantly spent. Obviously it is private property so to any other visitors please ask first.
Belah is the most amazing place even today, the buttresses of the viaduct are like Roman remains and the Signal Box is such a poignant sight, i'm sure while I was standing transfixed on the hillside I could hear a Standard 4 toiling up the 1:59 from Kirkby Stephen!
Visit http://www.cumbria-railways.co.uk/stainmore_railway_company_photos.html for more information, also have a look at the dedication of the volunteers from http://www.kirkbystepheneast.co.uk/
Stainmore Summit, sadly like so many rural railways is nothing but sheep and juggernauts and Bowes station is gradually collapsing in on itself, a tragic end to such an inspiring railway.

Page two covers Kirkby Stephen to Tebay and to Penrith, also some shots on the Middleton branch.
Page three is a general railway view of Darlington, including some of the steam sheds as well as stations.
Some of the shots included do not strictly relate to The Stainmore route, particularly at Tebay and Darlington but are included as they cover the railways of the area and I am sure they will be of interest.

Click on a location to view the Images

 

kk Broomielaw Signal box 14/04/2010
  Broomielaw Signal box 14/04/2010  
  Broomielaw Signal box 14/04/2010  
  Broomielaw Signal box 14/04/2010  
  Broomielaw Station 14/04/2010  
  Broomielaw Station 14/04/2010  
  Broomielaw Station 14/04/2010  
  Broomielaw Station 14/04/2010  
  Broomielaw Station 14/04/2010  
  Broomielaw Station 14/04/2010  
  Broomielaw Station 14/04/2010  
  Broomielaw Station 14/04/2010  
  Broomielaw Station 14/04/2010  
kk Barnard Castle 2nd Station  
  Barnard Castle 1st Station  
  Barnard Castle loco shed  
  Barnard Castle 1st Station 18/09/2009  
  Barnard Castle 1st Station 18/09/2009  
  Percy Beck Viaduct 18/09/2009  
  Percy Beck Viaduct 18/09/2009  
  Percy Beck Viaduct 18/09/2009  
kk Lartington Station  
  Lartington Station 16/05/2008  
  Lartington Station, note the NE boundry post 16/05/2008  
  Lartington Station 16/05/2008  
kk Lartington West signal box 16/05/2008  
  Lartington West signal box 16/05/2008  
  Lartington West signal box 16/05/2008  
  Deepdale Viaduct 16/05/2008  
  Deepdale Viaduct 16/05/2008  
kk Bowes Station  
  Bowes Station  
  Bowes Station  
  Bowes Station  
  Bowes Station  
  Bowes Station  
kk Stainmore Summit 18/09/2009  
  Stainmore Summit 18/09/2009  
  Stainmore Summit 18/09/2009  
  Stainmore Summit 21/07/2012  
  Replica Summit sign, and a first class replica it is too, and I now know exactly where the Summit was. 21/07/2012  
  Stainmore Summit 21/07/2012  
  Stainmore Summit 21/07/2012  
  Stainmore 15/05/2008  
  Stainmore 15/05/2008  
Stainmore  
  Stainmore  
kk Bleathgill 15/05/2008  
  Bleathgill 15/05/2008  
kk Barras Station  
  Barras station  
  Barras station  
  Barras station  
  Barras station  
  Barras station  
  Barras station  
kk Belah  
  Belah  
  Belah  
  Belah  
  Belah  
  Belah  
  Belah  
  Belah  
  Belah  
  Belah  
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  Belah  
  Looking towards Barras 15/05/2008  
  Merrygill Viaduct 15/05/2008  
Kirkby Stephen East Station  
  Kirkby Stephen loco shed  
  Kirkby Stephen East  
  Kirkby Stephen East  
Kirkby Stephen East  
  Kirkby Stephen East 03/05/2004  
  Kirkby Stephen East 03/05/2004  
  Kirkby Stephen East 03/05/2004  
  Kirkby Stephen East 03/05/2004  
Kirkby Stephen East 03/05/2004  
  Kirkby Stephen East 03/05/2004  
kk Kirkby Stephen East 15/05/2008  
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