Page updated 13/03/2013
Easter 2013 is set to be an even bigger event than previous years as the number of exhibits registered for the event continues to rise. The Cumbria Classic Coaches team and Eden Commercial Vehicle Group (ECVG)have been beavering away behind the scenes for the 15th event since its inception.
For the first year ever we will be running passenger trains at KSE with fares held at last year's prices £2-00 per adult £5-00 per family (2 adult and up to 3 children). Trains will run from 10AM - 4PM each day of the rally 30th and 31st March 2013.
There will be minature traction engines on site and we hope to have a number of larger exhibits. As a result there will be no public parking on the site this weekend but blue badge holders are welcome to park at KSE.
Public parking is available at Brough (4 miles from KSE) and Classic buses will ferry visitors free of charge between the sites at Brough, Brough Sowerby, Winton, Kirkby Stephen, KSE and the West Station. ECVG hope to have a steam bus for the weekend and charges apply for this as coaling and watering is required at regular intervals but it is a great experience.
The shop and buffet car will be open each day and there are a number of stalls in the platform including our Easter tombola.Why not come and see us
Picture shows some of the exhibits at Brough
This year saw glorious sunshine, 2500 visitors to the site and record takings despite the recession. 'Thank you' to all who supported the event and to the members of the Eden Classic Vehicle Group / all the hard working volunteers who made it happen. The album below contains some photos (courtesy of Alan Usher and Mark Keefe) of the event.
Once more, the Easter Rally was a great success with over 2500 visitors to the East Station despite the not so 'spring - like' weather. A big 'thank you' to everyone who supported the event and to all those who worked so hard to make it happen. We hope to see you again next year - the Gallery below contains a selection of photos (courtesy of Phil Thompson and Pete Moore) of some of the vehicles in attendance at various sites over the weekend.
The Easter Rally was a tremendous success with glorious sunshine and 3000 visitors to the East Station over the two days - many thanks to everyone who supported the event and we hope to see you all again next year. The album below contains a selection of photos (courtesy of Phil Harris) of some of the 250+ vehicles which attended each day.
This year's Easter Rally is set to be bigger and better than ever - the station site now has more space than in previous years to display exhibits due to the extensive clearance work undertaken in the last 12 months. On site, we will have a number of stalls and small exhibits inside the station, large exhibits (up to 30) on the southern side of the yard, some more modern vehicles in front of the station building and other miscellaneous exhibits at the western end. There will be our usual Easter tombola, the Buffet Car will be open for light refreshments and please visit our new shop.
Exhibitors must register at Brough on arrival and those who are allocated to KSE will be given both a permit to enter the site and their exhibitor plaques. Those bringing stalls or small exhibits to the station must load / unload at the western end of the station inside the yard as entry through the rear of the building will not be permitted as this area will be used for the large exhibits.
There will be NO VISITOR PARKING on the KSE site except for disabled badge holders. It is advisable to park in Brough for the day and use the buses between sites. The children's playbarn 'Platform 3 Play' customers will be able to gain access to the playbarn, but why not take the opportunity of a free ride on a classic bus from Brough or Kirkby Stephen to enhance your enjoyment of the day. The bus will drop you off (and collect you) opposite the Croglin Castle pub and you can travel back to your car using a different bus.
The free buses will run from 10-30 to 16-30 initially every 15 minutes and the stops will be as follows:
Brough Grand Prix (1st buses of the day start here) - Church Brough - Kirkby Stephen Co-op (Sunday only) - Kirkby Stephen Town Centre - Kirkby Stephen East Station (Platform 3 Play) - Kirkby Stephen West Station. On Sunday, buses will go via the picturesque village of Musgrave and they are all run by Cumbria Classic Coaches.
On the Saturday evening at 17-00, there is the famous road run from Brough which provides an excellent end to the day. During both Saturday and Sunday, the Sentinal Steam bus will run from Brough to Kirkby Stephen with a small charge to cover its running costs.
This year, we are attempting to theme sites and in Kirkby Stephen Town Centre there will be a funfair with small rides and stalls, tractors and farm equipment will be in the Auction Mart and the Mountain Rescue site in Silver Street will have their yard open to diplay their vehicles. Brough is the main site for buses and lorrys.
The Easter Rally was a big success despite the snow which meant that some of our volunteers and exhibitors couldn't make it to Kirkby Stephen on the Sunday. Thanks to all the volunteers and visitors who helped make this Easter special.
Easter is one of our biggest community event at KSE and we work closely with the Eden Classic Vehicle Group (ECVG) to provide a site for exhibits. The event is free and runs on both Easter Saturday and Sunday.
Visitors are advised to park in Brough rather than Kirkby Stephen to benefit fully from the free trips on Cumbria Classic Coaches between the exhibition sites (Brough, Kirkby Stephen Town Centre and KSE). The event starts at approximately 10am each day and the last buses run between 4 - 5pm depending on demand.
The coaches also call at Kirkby Stephen West Station on the Settle and Carlisle line to both meet the incoming trains and return visitors to the station for their return journeys home.
The number of exhibits increase year on year and the East Station site has a number of stalls and static engines in addition to the lorrys, buses and other exhibits.
On the Saturday evening, you can witness the tractor and classic vehicle parade through the lovely Eden Valley countryside and the local pubs stock a wide range of beers and serve very nice food. Look out for the famous Kirkby Stephen parrots that are sure to be flying about over the weekend and for further details about Kirkby Stephen, please check out the Town Forum website. The Eden Valley area is very beautiful and there is wide range of accomodation in the area which is reasonably priced, so why not also use the weekend to check out the local area which is showcased on the Visit Cumbria website.
Volunteers are most welcome to help out at the event and we will have our buffet car and shop open all weekend.
This is the 12th year of the ECVG Easter Rally. Please be part of it
and help us make it the best ever.