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Kirkby Stephen

Collected date 16/09/15

Kirkby Stephen sign

Kirkby Stephen was the first station of a day spent on the Settle and Carlisle line, with some good cycling between stations along the way. Like many stations on the northern section of the line it's on an embankment with quite a steep incline to reach the platforms. This is the rise up to platform 1 for southbound trains; the carpark is along the road ahead and steps lead up on the right:

Kirkby Stephen approach

The entrance to the station forecourt from the steps:

Kirkby Stephen platform 1

This entrance leads into the station forecourt, letting us see the front of the station building:

Kirkby Stephen station
building front

The road reaches the car park a little further on:

Kirkby Stephen car park

Between the station building and the footbridge a small gate leads on to platform 1:

Kirkby Stephen footbridge

The side of the station building:

Kirkby Stephen side

The rear of the station building seen from platform 2 opposite:

Kirkby Stephen rear

Plaques mark the station's restoration and opening by the Prince of Wales:

Kirkby Stephen Railway
Heritage Trust plaque Kirkby Stephen
restoration plaque

Like most of the stations along the line, Kirkby Stephen has a covered waiting room with plenty to read. Inside the waiting room in the main station building:

Kirkby Stephen platform 1
waiting room

Inside the waiting room is the Midland Railway Room, or so it says on the glass above the door:

Kirkby Stephen frosted glass

Also in the waiting room is this plaque marking the EU funding of the station restoration project:

Kirkby Stephen EU funding

The footbridge links the two platforms:

Kirkby Stephen footbridge

The footbridge gives a good view of the station. Platform 1 and the station building are on the right as we look north:

Kirkby Stephen looking north
from footbridge

Looking south from the footbridge we can see a siding and the signalbox:

Kirkby Stephen looking south
from footbridge

The signalbox itself:

Kirkby Stephen signalbox

Over on platform 2 there is only a small modern shelter building:

Kirkby Stephen platform 2

Looking north on platform 2:

Kirkby Stephen platform 2 looking

All the lamps at the station have the station name in the lights:

Kirkby Stephen lamp

At the northern end of platform 2 a steep footpath leads down to the road which goes under the line:

Kirkby Stephen platform 2 exit

Looking north along the line from the end of platform 2:

Kirkby Stephen looking north

Looking south along platform 2:

Kirkby Stephen platform 2 looking