Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Thumper Sunday in the Eden Valley

Blue skies make such a difference! Last Sunday I was in the north of England at Warcop off the A66 Penrith to Brough road. These fells are part of the MOD's Warcop Training Area.

The flags were out for my first visit to the Eden Valley Railway!

Class 47 47799 Prince Henry is a recent addition to the stock at the railway, and greets arrivals to the site.

 Restored signal box.

Ready for the off. The railway offers a short run alone the restored line towards Appleby. The intention is to complete that link in the future. This was to be my first trip on a 'Thumper'!

Driver Bob stands beside the Class 205 DMU which was providing the transport on the day! Bob took time to show me some of the site and to answer my questions. It was only when I got home that I discovered that 'Bob the Driver' was Bob Sandland, one of the Trustees of the Eden Valley Railway Trust, and managing director of the  Eden Valley Railway Company. Thanks Bob, I enjoyed my visit immensely.

The Eden Valley Railway Trust has the objectives 'To acquire, rebuild and preserve, for the inhabitants of Cumbria and of the nation at large, the trackbed, buildings, structures and associated land of the former Eden Valley Railway between Kirkby Stephen and Penrith in the County of Cumbria, and of the former South Durham and Lancashire Union Railway between Barnard Castle in the County of Durham and Tebay in the County of Cumbria, and the former railway between Barnard Castle and Darlington in the County of Durham.
To extend these railways whenever and wherever it might be for the benefit of the inhabitants of Cumbria and of the nation at large.
To advance the education of the public in all matters related to the aforesaid railways.'

The Trust publishes an informative magazine. The website is here. With its friendly volunteers, the railway is well worth a visit not least for it's well stocked 'emporium'! Sunday September 27 will be the last day of the season to catch a ride on the line.

Photos © Skip Cottage

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