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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.






7 responses to “End of Paddy Waddell’s Railway”

  1. Ken avatar

    Hi I am trying to locate the position of the Paddy Waddell’s end of line memorial stone but without any success.
    I would be most grateful if you are able to help with a grid reference for this stone,I have looked on the internet but only found a photo of the stone but no information on it’s position.

    Thanks for any help
    Ken Canham

    1. Phil Saunders avatar
      Phil Saunders

      Hi Ken
      Did you manage to find the memorial if so I would also be grateful for the exact position.
      It’s very hard to find on line. Thanks Phil

      1. Fhithich avatar


  2. Fhithich avatar

    Ken, I can’t honestly remember a memorial. Is this the one http://www.hidden-teesside.co.uk/2017/10/04/end-of-paddy-waddells-railway-glaisdale/?

    Even with that my recollection is a bit vague. From that photo it looks as through there is a pond in the background. Which could be the private pond made out of the old cutting.

    I’ve updated my map extract in the main post. If you zoom in you can see the pond.

    Hope this helps.

  3. Paul Harrison avatar
    Paul Harrison

    Hi, the ‘end of the line’ memorial sits next to the pond at Rake Farm. I used to live at Rake Farm ( I sold it in 2018) and I installed the memorial in 2014, just after completing the building of the wild life pond. Hope this helps…. Paul Harrison

    1. Fhithich avatar

      Thanks for that info, Paul.

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