Many railway companies paid attention to it’s potential as it was seen as a very good money maker.
In the end it was awarded to the South Durham & Lancashire Union Railway - a railway line linking the Stockton & Darlington Railway near Bishop Auckland with the Lancaster and Carlisle Railway at Tebay, via Barnard Castle, Stainmore Summit and Kirkby Stephen.
The ceremonial cutting of the first sod for the company was at Kirkby Stephen on 25 August 1857, and that for the EVR was at Appleby on 28 July 1858. Land for two tracks purchased, but a single track line was laid.
Below: Barras Railway Station. After building the line it was opened in 1861 and became known as the Stainmore Line.
The viaducts at Tees Valley, Deepdale, Belah and Smardale Gill were built wide enough for two tracks.
Below: Track bed from Barras Railway Station. Today Barras station survives with the westbound waiting shelter in the foreground and station master's house beyond the lifted track bed.
15 years later the station was built at an altitude of 1,100 feet and was the highest station in England until Dent station on the nearby Settle and Carlisle Line when opened in 1877. Its noted this station was host to a camping coach about 1935.
Considering freight was the order of the day the goods yard was discontinued on 1 December 1952 and from that date it had been operated as an unstaffed halt for passengers only.
Its recovery was recorded in an official film Snowdrift at Bleath Gill. Then the station was closed by British Railways North Eastern Region on 22 January 1962.
“The grandest of Bouch’s Structures – and the only one that would rehabilitate his reputation today if it had not been demolished in the barbaric anti-railway age of the 1960’s – nearly 200ft high and 1.040ft long built on 15 piers – a 16 arch gossamer structure of impossibly slim girders. There was nothing like it in Britian, and possibly nothing anywhere outside the fecund imaginations of animators of Disney or Dream-work movies."
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I was unable to seek out this viaduct under the time constraints - but I will be back to do such.
Below image: Looking over Merrygill Viaduct.
The viaduct was sold by British Rail to the owners of the quarry and limeworks from whom it was acquired by the Northern Viaduct Trust in 2005 – for a token payment of £1. Much restoration of this section has occurred and was opened to walkers in 2005 at a total cost of £50,000.
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Kirkby Stephen East: Being a major Junction and extensive rail yard for trains to Tebay on the WCML and the Eden Valley Railway, Kirkby Stephen East opened to passenger traffic on 8 August 1861 built by the South Durham and Lancashire Union Railway.
Like the closure of my first station today at Barras this station was also closed to passengers in1962, and was eventually repurposed as a bobbin mill. The bobbin factory closed in 1992 and on the other side of the road bridge, the remaining yard space and goods shed was converted into a caravan park and campsite with the goods shed is still standing today.