Sunday, 1 May 2011
Rain, Steam and Speed
I remembered this picture the other day when I was flicking through Ken Hoole's book on the Stainmore Line. It was published by Dalesman in 1973 and I can't understand why it has never been reprinted - it would certainly sell well in our shop at Kirkby Stephen East. Back then I bought my copy in the newsagents in town for 90p. Now I see there are four second-hand copies on Amazon ranging fro £15 to £38.
Talking of the first passenger train services from Darlington to Tebay in 1861 the author remarks that the fastest - the 3:00PM - took just two hours and five minutes to make the trip. That's a heck of a lick - it would take you an hour in a car today even with the advantage of the dual carriageway over the summit and you wouldn't have seven intermediate stops to make either. Of course in 1861 'Darlington' for the S&D must have meant North Road and not Bank Top but even with a couple of miles saved it must have been an exciting ride bumping around in four-wheeled second class carriages with a William Bouch 4-4-0 banging away at the front of the train!
Posted by Iain Robinson at 00:08