Whilst still at primary school I can recall being taken to Blackburn Model Railway Exhibition when British Transport Films were shown on the stage, one of them and perhaps the most exciting was Snow Drift at Bleath Gill !
My first encounter of the Stainmore Line in the flesh was when I was 13 and had started riding ” Shotgun ” with the the drivers from the haulage contractor just across the road from where I lived. My favourite wagon was MUP 875J, an ERF eight wheeler bulk powder tank as driven by the late Neville Oliver, who was originally from East Anglia, she was rebuilt by the company from an accident write-off. Her main work was delivering Ribble Cement from Clitheroe throughout the north of England, that’s how I got to go to Hartley Quarry near Kirby Stephen !
That particular day we went via Sedberg, ( the line…
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