The Stainmore and Eden Valley Railways
- The Stainmore and Eden Valley Railways
- A Pictorial History of the Barnard Castle to Tebay and Penrith Lines
- by Peter Walton
- The Stainmore line was the most spectacular of the trans-Pennine crossings. Memories of the magnificent viaducts at Deepdale, and particularly at Belah, carrying this marvellous railway from the River Tees to the Eden Valley, still remain years after their destruction.
- The line between Barnard Castle and Tebay, together with its associated branches, was completed during the 1860s and remained in operation almost at full strength until 1960. Then, the now familiar closure by stealth tactics became painfully evident. The last passenger train ran on 20th January 1962
- The transition from a fully operational complex to a memory took place in an unbelievably short time. In the summer of 1961 thousands of North-Eastern holidaymakers were transported by train in time-honoured fashion over the rooftop of England to Blackpool, enjoying unrivalled views of Westmorland, as their trains rumbled over Belah Viaduct and brushed through the woodlands at Smardale.
- Litlle did those passengers realise that less than one year later most of the track over which they were travelling would be gone and demolition would be well underway.
- 1992, reprinted 1995, Case bound, 232 pages, 8½" x 12"
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