New Page 14th October 2011                              

The Bank Holiday weekend of August 27th - 29th 2011 was a momentous one for the KSE project. Just 4 months short of 50 years since the last day departure of 'The Stainmore Limited' on the evening of 20th January 1962 and, in the 150th Anniversary year of the opening of the South Durham & Lancashire Union Railway, KSE re-opened to passenger traffic.

With the support of a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and further local financial assistance from JT Atkinson & Sons Ltd, TN Hodgson & Sons Ltd, Kirkby Stephen Town Council, the 'Spar' in Kirkby Stephen, GlaxoSmithKline in Barnard Castle and a number of private individuals, a three day celebration was held which attracted almost 5,000 visitors. We were greatly honoured to have the Opening Ceremony performed by Mr. Steve Davies MBE, Director of the National Railway Museum, who also drove the first train. A number of locomotives and other items of rolling stock made an emotional return to the railway where they previously worked and, on the 30th, they were used in a private Photo Charter on the site.

We are hugely grateful to all who attended and to everyone who made this event possible - thank you very much.

The album below contains a number of photos of the event courtesy of Fred Kerr, Maurice Burns, David Tilotson, Chris Bazeley, Alan Usher, Pete Moore, David Rayner, Sue Jones, George Want and the Eden Valley Messenger.