Kirkby Stephen East Heritage Centre for kids

Location : Kirkby Stephen Grid Ref : NY 769075

Kirkby Stephen East Heritage Centre. Aerial photo by Simon Ledingham

Work is ongoing to develop the former Kirkby Stephen East Railway Station as a Heritage Centre and working railway representing the early 1950’s.


Kirkby Stephen East Railway Station formed a key junction with the routes westwards to Appleby/Penrith and to Tebay and eastwards via Stainmore Summit and Barnard Castle to Darlington. It is hoped to connect Kirkby Stephen East Station to a proposed preserved railway from Appleby East.


The Heritage Centre is now open to the general public and August 2011 saw passenger trains return to the East station after an absence of almost 50 years. Visitors can look round the station and its facilities when it is open (usually just weekends), and possibly take a short ride on one of the restored engines and coaches. Recently they have bought an example of the last steam engines ever built for British Rail – the 9F seen below.

The restored station building

Visiting steam trains for the open days

The Eden Valley Railway trust is making efforts to re-open the section of line between Appleby and Warcop.

Recently purchased heavy goods steam engine awaiting restoration

Part of the old railway from here to Stainmore has been converted into a walk – passing over two restored viaducts. Read more about the Northern Viaducts Round. Walk down to the Millennium Bridge for the start of the walk (see map below).

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