Appleby Railway Station
Grid Ref NY 686207
The Midland Railway Station at Appleby was built to the same specification as Settle and Kirkby Stephen (Large design), with a large goods shed. It is one of the major stations on the route with long platforms, and a metal footbridge. The water tower and crane were installed by the local Round Table in 1991 to service steam specials. Unusually this station is built with brick, rather than the local sandstone used for most of the others.
The platforms are the longest on the line at 200 yards, built originally for the purposes of the Anglo-Scottish expresses.
Bishop Eric Treacy of Wakefield, famed for his railway photography, died at Appleby Station on 13th May 1978 whilst waiting to photograph Evening Star. He was of the opinion that York Minster, Hadrian’s Wall and the Settle-Carlisle Railway were the three chief man-made wonders of the world. British Rail organised two steam specials in his memory, using the Flying Scotsman.
He is buried at St Kentigern’s Church Crosthwaite, Keswick.
Once there was another station, Appleby East, serving the Kirkby-Stephen to Penrith line of the North Eastern Railway, which closed in 1962. The Eden Valley Railway Society has opened the line from Appleby to Warcop, and hopes to extend it to Kirkby Stephen East, and possibly on to Stainmore, rebuilding the Belah viaduct.
The Fellsman – 61994 The Great Marquess – travelling over the Settle to Carlisle Railway in both directions – here going south, at Appleby for a water stop. 8th August 2012.
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