Stainmore Railway Company - Photographs

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British Rail announced the closure of the stainmore line in December 1959. The objectors put up a very good fight, but the odds were always against them. Finally on the 7th December 1961, the secretary of transport, Mr Ernest Marples agreed that the line should close and signed the Stainmore lines death warrant. Mr Marples was the last bastion for the objectors to fall back on; he also owned part of a road building company. So he never gave the line a chance. A bit like British rail, they just wanted rid of the line. So with remarkable speed the final train, The Stainmore Limited was organised by the Railway Correspondence and Travel Society (RCTS) the date of the final train, 20th January 1962. The picture shows the Stainmore Ltd at Kirkby Stephen East station at around 10pm. In front of the loco was part of the mass demonstration that met the train on its arrival. There was between five and six hundred people on that platform that night. Not a bad turn out for a town of 1500 people. In front of the loco, Tom Potter owned the bikes on display and he is second from the left, with a sign on his bike saying “Back 100 years progress?” Once the Stainmore Ltd left Kirkby Stephen East, it climbed Stainmore back over to Darlington, and journeys end. Picture by Neil Thexton

Copyright of Mark Keefe from Stainmore Railway Company


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