THE STAINMORE ROUTE
The iconic and much lamented Stainmore and Eden Valley lines will soon be brought back to life in TS2014, thanks to a small team of route builders recreating this fabulous line. It'll be a test of your steam locomotive driving skills, with gradients as steep as 1in57/59 on the approach to Stainmore Summit. Below are some pictures of the routes most famous structure - Belah Viaduct.
In picture 1, an Ivatt 4MT 2-6-0 blasts towards the summit, banked by what looks like a Standard 2MT. In picture 2, another Ivatt 4MT mogul is seen crossing the same location, with a passenger train. The Stainmore route wil run from Kirby Stephen East to Barnard Castle; Kirby Stephen East to Tebay and Kirby Stephen East to Penrith. This will link very nicely with RSDerek's Weardale route, assuming it sees the light of day in the future. Below is a gradient profile for both sides of Stainmore summit.
To complement the route, we're pleased to announce that not one, not two, but THREE new steam loco's will be built especially for the route. They are: Ivatt 4MT 2-6-0, affectionately - and sometimes not so affectionately - referred to as flying pigs! These we seen regularly on the Stainmore line during it's later years. The second loco will be another Ivatt locomotive, the 2MT tender locomotive. Along the the BR Standard version, these were also seen often on the line. The third loco, and one particularly associated with the line - the LNER J21!
In the next post we'll bring you up to date on progress..........................................