Paddy Wardell’s Railway

Did the Cleveland Survival today, a 26 mile event excellently organised by the Cleveland Mountain Rescue Team. The route crossed the higher reaches of Liverton Moor just above the gulley right of centre and I was hoping for a good shot of the old Paddy Wardell’s Railway. I say it’s a disused railway but Paddy Waddell’s Railway, or more correctly The Cleveland Extension Mineral Railway, was never actually finished. This embankment and cutting was one of the few bits that actually was constructed in the 1870’s. The contractor for the line was John Waddell, a Scot from Edinburgh but he employed an Irish engineer named Gallaher to take charge of the work. It seems likely that the engineer was referred to locally as Mr.Waddell and the route is now known as  Paddy Wardell’s Railway. It was intended to link the Glaisdale ironstone mines with the North East Railway at Skelton and from the beginning was beset with problems, politics and competition from other railway companies. Finally after many false starts hopes were rekindled in 1896 but it was not to be and the project was abandoned for good. In the event my route took me too far from the cutting and as it was a competitive event I was reluctant to go out my way. So I stopped off on the way home to take this.

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