Eden Valley Heritage Railway
Cumbria CA16 6PR
A group of enthusiastic volunteers is preserving part of the Eden Valley Railway (EVR) at Warcop in north-west England. Conveniently located on the north-eastern edge of the English Lake District, the EVR is an enthusiast’s line.
They have lots of rolling stock, mainly ex-British Rail diesel and 6 miles (10 km) of line running between Appleby and Flitholme near Warcop. On view are diesel shunters, DMUs, EMUs, freight wagons and even a 15 ton railway crane.
An arrangement with the Haig Colliery Mining Museum near Whitehaven has resulted in the EVR providing a home for three industrial locomotives plus the relocation of a sorely needed engine shed. Funds are frantically being raised for this important project.
A Static Mark I BG, W80721 coach has been turned into a small refreshment room, a well stocked shop and an exhibition coach. The Buffer Stop Café serves hot and cold drinks, crisps, chocolates, homemade cakes (sometimes) and local Eden Valley ice cream. Seating is available inside the coach or at picnic tables on the platform.
Operating in motor car van B889020 is a splendid N-gauge layout. Although this is only the first stage of a much larger project, it features Graham’s Town (a fictitious place) and a busy junction. Lots of fun for adults and children alike.
Opening & Running Times
Every Sunday from April to September between 11:00 and 16:00 hours, plus Bank Holidays and occasional weekdays in July and August. Check the official website ‘Timetable’ page.
The EVR was originally constructed to provide a link between Clifton Junction near Penrith to Kirby Stephen via Appleby-in-Westmoreland where passengers could join the Carlisle-Settle line. Gradually passenger traffic declined and the branch line was mainly used for carrying stone from a local quarry. Sections of the line closed between 1962 and the 1970s.
Except for the section between Appleby and Warcop none of the track remains in situ. Most of the track bed remains as a feature on the landscape and as field boundaries so enthusiasts can trace the route of the old line.
The old stations at Clifton Moor, Cliburn, Temple Sowerby and Musgrave are now private residences but the two signal boxes at Cliburn and Warcop have survived. The former junction west of Kirkby Stephen with the line to Tebay is now a nature reserve.
The EVR has an excellent website liberally illustrated with images of their activities and rolling stock. It often co-ordinates events with other heritage societies such as Vintage Vehicle Clubs so check out their site for forthcoming attractions.
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Contact & Further Information
The EVR is based at Warcop just off the A66 between Appleby and Brough.
- By Car
From the M6 exit at Junction 40, head east along the A66 for approximately 18 miles (29 Kms) before turning right at the Warcop road junction, signed Warcop and Warcop Training Centre. Turn left just before the railway bridge and follow this road to the visitor entrance, which is at the far end of the site.
An alternative route from the M6 is exit at Junction 38 and follow the A685 through Kirkby Stephen towards Brough before turning west onto the A66 and following the instructions above.
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