Dear Railway Friend,
As I am sure you are aware, the plc is facing a tough time. We were all supremely optimistic after the amazing success of Polar Express 2019, and the financial benefit we had: we were able to halve our year on year debts in one fell swoop and, with Tornado back, we had every reason to be optimistic for 2020.
Sadly, as we all know, the Corona Virus has meant the railway, along with so many other tourist attractions and customer led businesses has had to close. Thus, we will have zero cash-flow and revenue, but still have to be active. We hope for Government support – as recently announced, and all directors are striving to secure funding, but, even so, it is not enough. I believe we must work hard during this enforced closure so that we have the resources to return to full service as soon as we are allowed.
There ARE reasons to be optimistic – Polar will return in 2020, with a revised service structure and a greater share of the monies for the railway; we are about to agree to hosting a really important and spectacular steam engine in early 2021 which should prove hugely popular and we are the leading railway in the UK with Pacers in a heritage setting, but we need to get to those places and survive. I am asking you to dig deep – would you be able to give the plc a minimum of £10 per month? If all of you did this at my suggested minimum, we can maintain our amazing staff and also put the money we need into the Railway to guarantee it is in optimum state when we are able to welcome everyone back onto The Wensleydale Railway.
There are various ways you can donate.
Using the ‘Donate’ Button on this page.
Set up a standing order or make a bacs payment–
Account:- Wensleydale Railway PLC
Sorting Code:- 40-35-03
Acccount No:- 21319353
Post a cheque to Wensleydale Railway PLC, Leases Road, Leeming Bar, Northallerton, DL7 9AR