End of Paddy Waddell’s Railway

I’ve written about Paddy Waddell’s Railway before, the railway that never was. A grand plan devised in the 1870s to link the ironstone mines at Glaisdale with the North East Railway at Skelton. Embankments were built and cuttings excavated and just one bridge was constructed here at Rake House near Lealholm just before the line was supposed to have bridged the River Esk. The damp cuttings of the bridge have been transformed into a wildlife pond. But no rails were ever laid. Rake House itself was a 17th-century inn where the Irish navvies would spend their evenings. It is now a private residence.
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