Kirkby Stephen

Location type


Names and dates

Kirkby Stephen (1878-1900)
Kirkby Stephen and Ravenstonedale (1900-1953)
Kirkby Stephen West (1953-1968)
Kirkby Stephen (1968-1970)
Kirkby Stephen (1986-)

Station code: KSW National Rail
Where: North West England, England
Opened on the Settle and Carlisle Line (Midland Railway).


This two platform station is open. The station building h was restored and re-opening in 2005. It is topped with a weather station, 870ft above sea level.

The station is higher above and slightly remote to the village, but is connected by a footway 1.5 miles long.

The station offers accommodation.
Settle and Carlisle Trust - Kirkby Stephen Accommodation



Chronology Dates

09/06/1862Eden Valley Railway
Opened from Kirkby Stephen (South Durham and Lancashire Union Railway) to Clifton [Moor] (just south of Penrith on the Lancaster and Carlisle Railway, the junction giving access to the south). Engineer: Thomas Bouch.
  /  /1952South 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.
22/03/2005Settle and Carlisle Line (Midland Railway)
Prince of Wales formally re-opens the restored Kirkby Stephen station building.

News items

04/08/2023Kirkby Stephen East Station to host inclusive play sessions [News and Star]
22/10/2021Stainmore Railway Company begins work to restore Kirkby Stephen bridge [News and Star]
16/04/2013Stainmore Railway Company needs £40,000 to build workshop [BBC News]


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