Stainmore Railway Company at Kirkby Stephen East

Updated 21st March 2017

In 2015 we started work to erect a replica NE water tower in the station yard to the west of the  Tebay train-shed. We used reclaimed materials including a North Eastern Railway water tank from Wharram (in the Yorkshire Wolds) which was donated to SRC by Lord Middleton of the Birdsell Estate. Volunteers spent time at Wharram preparing the water tank for removal by contractors and once delivered to KSE the tank was shot-blasted and painted.

The water tower construction commenced in Autumn 2015 supported by funding bodies including the Heritage Lottery Fund. The water tower was built using reclaimed bricks from Barras station waiting room (a station on the Stainmore Route) which our volunteers dismantled with the help of contractors in 2003. The bricks were stored at KSE and were cleaned of mortar and prepared for use by the volunteers. Our local builder Paul Thompson from Nateby worked with volunteers to build the tower to NE railway specification.

The stones at the top of the water tower were reclaimed from Mousegill Viaduct (a stone built viaduct near to Barras Station) which was blown up by the Army after closure of the line in the 1960s.

The bench at the front is the platform was for cleaning the bricks which were used to build the tower. Our volunteers had cleaned over 5,000 bricks by the time the tower was completed


The windows and door frames were designed to replicate the original North Eastern style and each brick was shaped by hand and laid using a former arch

The water tower was completed externally by November 2016 and work is ongoing to finish the plumbing system to our refurbished North Eastern water crane

Our Facebook page is regularly updated with progress on the water-tower and other capital works  and can be viewed by non-Facebook users.