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Tebay is a village in Cumbriamarker, Englandmarker, within the traditional borders of Westmorlandmarker. It lies in the upper Lune Valley, at the head of the Lune Gorge. The parish of Tebay had a population of 728 recorded in the 2001 census,

Old Tebay lies to the north of Tebay at . Historically a sheep farming area, the arrival of the railway led to increased prosperity.



Railway cottages, Tebay
The Lancaster and Carlisle Railway, built between 1844 and 1846, linked those two cities; it was absorbed by the London and North Western Railway in 1879. Tebay became an important junction for, in 1861, the Stainmore Railway, from Tebay-Kirkby Stephenmarker-Barnard Castlemarker and later becoming part of the North Eastern Railway, brought traffic from the east; it was closed in 1962. The A685 runs over much of its trackbed east from Tebay towards Kirkby Stephen. The Ingletonmarker Branch of the Lancaster and Carlisle Railway connecting via the Midland Railway to Settlemarker and Leedsmarker, enters the main line at the south end of the Lune Gorge; it was built in the 1850s, and was last used for passengers in the winter 1962/63 as a relief to the main line.

The village has had two railway accidents happen nearby. On 15 February 2004, four people were run over by a maintenance vehicle in the Tebay rail accidentmarker. Three years later, the Grayrigg rail crashmarker happened on 23 February 2007 between Oxenholmemarker and Tebay on the West Coast Main Linemarker.


Tebay Services
Junction 38 of the M6 lies just west of the village, south of the notoriously exposed Shapmarker Summit. Like its predecessor, the main railway line, it uses the upper reaches of the River Lune to pass through the fells. Tebay services is one of the very few motorway service stations to be run independently, and has often won praise for its food.

The village

Central to the village is the Railway Club. This provides a concrete link to the past raison d'etre of the village. The two pubs in the village also provide a place where the inhabitants can come together.In times past a great proportion of populace was involved with the railway and the local Junction Hotel is now apartments where once were dance halls.

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