This picture shows Merrygill Viaduct being crossed by a class 4 standard, pulling a rake of 21-ton hopper wagons. Behind the train is Hartley Quarry. A connection to the main line from the quarry was opened in 1925. The large black building to the right of the picture is the gas kilns. These kilns would burn limestone. After the Stainmore line closed in 1962, the connection from Appleby West on the Settle to Carlisle line, through to Appleby east on the Eden Valley line and through to Hartley Quarry remained open until November 1975, taking limestone out by rail. The section of track bed between Kirkby Stephen east and Hartley Quarry is now a public footpath and you get to walk over both Podgill Viaduct and Merygill Viaduct. Picture by one of my old work mates, Bob Robinson, whom has sadly passed away.
Copyright of Mark Keefe from Stainmore Railway Company