Stainmore Railway Company at Kirkby Stephen East

Kirkby Stephen Silver Band braved atrocious weather to play on the opening morning of the event including a specially commissioned piece called the  'Slow train' which featured live train whistles and can be viewed on their You Tube channel.

Kirkby Stephen Silver Band just before the rainstorm

Sunday was a local history day and actors played out a re-enactment of the cutting of the first sod by the Duke of Cleveland.

Queen Victoria was not at the original ceremony so poetic licence was used

The local Kirkby Stephen Grammar School Drama Department produced an excellent presentation on the life of Poet John Close which was performed on the station platform

Picture showing the actors in full swing on the Sunday

Monday was the ex-railway employees day which was attended by numerous people who had worked on the line.

Brian Cowin (seated) was an  SRC Director who started work as a locomotive cleaner at KSE

Tuesday was a private photo-charter at which a large number of superb photographs were taken. A small selection of these are shown below.

 This snowplough and locomotive took part in the famous 'Snow Drift at Bleath Gill' incident and the original fireman on 78019 was at the event as was the son of the driver 

78019 in the Darlington platform in front of our Gresely Buffet car

Three generations of Stainmore Locomotives

This event was the start of the latest chapter in the work at KSE and we hope that you will pay us a visit sometime to find out more about the project. Thanks to all those involved in setting up the event and to all our shareholders, volunteers and supporters for helping bring KSE back to life.