South Durham and Lancashire Union Railway

Introduction

This line is closed. A short section of track has been re-layed at Kirkby Stephen to the north of the station site. There is a hope to open the station (the main building remains intact) and the Eden Valley Railway through to Appleby.






Dates

  /03/1861[South Durham and Lancashire Union Railway]
Barnard Castle to Barras opened.
  /08/1861[South Durham and Lancashire Union Railway]
Tebay to Barras opened. Line opened throughout.
09/06/1862[Eden Valley Railway]
Opened from Kirkby Stephen ([South Durham and Lancashire Union Railway]) to Clifton (just south of Penrith [Lancaster and Carlisle Railway], the junction originally faced south). Engineer: {Thomas Bouch}.
30/06/1862[South Durham and Lancashire Union Railway]
Absorbed by [Stockton and Darlington Railway].
  /  /1874[South Durham and Lancashire Union Railway]
Much of route between Tebay and Barnard Castle doubled. The whole of the route between Kirkby Stephen and Barnard Castle was doubled - this involved the re-construction of a number of viaducts which were built next to the original ones.
  /  /1952[South Durham and Lancashire Union Railway]
Tebay to Kirkby Stephen closed to passengers. Diverted (and tour) passenger trains still use the route. Passenger trains continue to use the [Eden Valley Railway] from Penrith to Kirkby Stephen and continue to Barnard Castle.
  /  /1961[South Durham and Lancashire Union Railway]
Tebay to Kirkby Stephen closed.
22/01/1962[Eden Valley Railway]
[South Durham and Lancashire Union Railway]
Barnard Castle to Kirkby Stephen to Penrith (Eden Valley Junction) closed to passengers.
22/01/1962[South Durham and Lancashire Union Railway]
Hartley (excluded) to Barnard Castle (Tees Valley Junction) (excluded) closed completely.
  /  /1963[South Durham and Lancashire Union Railway]
Belah viaduct, on Kirkby Stephen to Barnard Castle line, demolished for scrap - poem found in a support column.
  /  /1970[South Durham and Lancashire Union Railway]
Hartley to Kirkby Stephen closed completely.

Locations along the line

These locations are along the line.






Tees Valley Junction. 67258 (above) waiting for NER 0.6.0 67100 on Penrith-Darlington train to clear the junction. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 13/04/1951

The trackbed running east through the former Lartington station in rural Teesdale on 11 May 2006, showing the well preserved goods shed and station ...
John Furnevel 11/05/2006
Alongside a road bridge over the Barnard Castle to Tebay/Penrith line 200 m west of Lartington Station in June 2013. A boundary marker showing the ...
Brian Taylor /06/2013
The impressive frontage of the former Lartington station on the Stainmore line in May 2006. View is east towards Barnard Castle. ...
John Furnevel 11/05/2006

Located 7 miles east of Stainmore Summit on the Trans-Pennine South Durham & Lancashire Union Railway, Bowes was a station that became well used to ...
John Furnevel 20/03/2010
Looking west at Bowes in June 2011. Slowly becoming a pile of rubble. [See image 28262]. ...
Ewan Crawford 14/06/2011
Last stand at Bowes. The remains of the bay window of the booking office at the former Bowes station. Photograph taken on 20 March 2010 looking north ...
John Furnevel 20/03/2010
Pedestrian access to the site of Bowes station on 20 March 2010. The steps up from alongside the A67 cross a farm access road half way, on the far ...
John Furnevel 20/03/2010

Old bridge over the South Durham & Lancashire Union Railway at Stainmore in the high Pennines, photographed on 10 October 2009. View is south west ...
John Furnevel 10/10/2009
Scene in the High Pennines, to the east of Barras, on 27 March 2010. View is east along the trackbed of the South Durham and Lancashire Union Railway ...
John Furnevel 27/03/2010
Photograph taken from The Stainmore Limited eastbound over Stainmore summit on 20 January 1962. [See image 24103] ...
K A Gray 20/01/1962
The bleak Pennine descent from Stainmore summit towards Barras and Kirkby Stephen, looking along the trackbed of the former South Durham and ...
John Furnevel 10/10/2009

Barras looking east to Stainmore Summit. ...
Ewan Crawford //
View west over the remains of Barras station towards the Lake District on 10 October, just as the rain started to fall. Opened by the South Durham & ...
John Furnevel 10/10/2009
The highest mainline station in England from 1861 until Dent opened in 1877. This is Barras, midway between the site of the Belah viaduct and ...
Mark Bartlett 28/12/2008

This station closed in 1962. It is partly preserved and restored with a short length of track and is now a Heritage Centre
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A quick photo of two saddle tanks at the Stainmore Railway Museum, in the old Kirkby Stephen East station, before the trudge up the hill to Kirkby ...
Duncan Ross 06/07/2019
NER 2-4-0 locomotive No.910, built in 1875 and withdrawn in 1925. It is now part of the national collection, seen here on display inside Kirkby ...
John McIntyre 21/09/2013
All right, I confess. I have never seen expansion loops in cab gauge lines before. A very sensible detail [see image 47767]. ...
Ken Strachan 17/05/2014
Gently simmering in the trainshed at Kirkby Stephen (East). ...
Ewan Crawford //

The large Limestone Kilns adjacent to the NER (SDLUR) trackbed at Smardale Gill, two miles east of Ravenstonedale and 840 ft a.o.d. Looking west in ...
Brian Taylor /05/2015
A close up of the abandoned railway cottages with gates leading directly to the trackbed of the SDLUR line just west of Smardale Gill viaduct in May ...
Brian Taylor 08/05/2015
Smardale station, now a home, has recently been modernised and extended. The station itself closed in 1952 although freight and excursions from the ...
Mark Bartlett 24/09/2008
Close to the Settle & Carlisle Railway lies Smardale on the former Kirkby Stephen East to Tebay line. In this view looking north through the old ...
Mark Bartlett 24/09/2008

An interesting dry-stone walled cutting on the NER (SDLUR) route from Tebay to Kirkby Stephen, approx. 1 mile east of Ravenstonedale Station. Sandy ...
Brian Taylor 08/06/2015
The disused trackbed from Kirkby Stephen East peters out at Ravenstonedale station and for the rest of the way to Tebay lies under the A685 road, ...
Mark Bartlett 28/12/2008
Signalbox at Ravenstonedale. ...
Roy Lambeth 20/1/1962

The former station building at Gaisgill is a completely different design to Ravenstonedale and not immediately recognisable to drivers on the A685 ...
Mark Bartlett 28/12/2008

A Trans-Pennine EMU, heading for Manchester Airport, drops down Shap bank on the evening of 23rd July 2019. The train is running through the shallow ...
Mark Bartlett 23/07/2019
A Pendolino begins the climb of Shap Bank approaching the cutting at Greenholme, between Tebay and Scout Green, on the evening of 23rd July 2019. ...
Mark Bartlett 23/07/2019
Coal empties approaching Tebay. ...
Ewan Crawford //
Pendolino 390128 speeds northwards at Tebay on 221016. The train is just passing the poignant memorial to the four railway workers killed here on 15th ...
Mark Bartlett 22/10/2016