Wensleydale Railway Association (Trust) Ltd (Reg. No. 1088324) working with Wensleydale Railway Plc


Would you like to see steam services return to Wensleydale Railway?

We know that many of you miss the magic and beauty of steam! We do too, and we would love to run some steam services in the near future. However, there are a number of obstacles to making this dream a reality, and your help is vital.

As you may well have seen, the railway has made incredible progress in the last couple of years. In addition to Scruton Station, we’ve now completed the restoration of Leeming Bar Station House and created an excellent heritage education programme for visitors. A brand new toilet block has also been built on the platform. Our dedicated staff and volunteers have undertaken significant track improvements, the restoration of the class 121 DMU/bubble car and four Mk2 coaches. These and other achievements have been topped off by the return of the hugely successful Polar Express event.

We are committed to making your railway a place that you can be proud of. As part of our plans to become steam ready, we need to buy two vacuum-braked coaches to safely & successfully operate future steam hauled services.

This is where you can help!

Time is getting short to secure the purchase of two very recently refurbished, ready-to-use1950s Mk1 vacuum-braked coaches in outstanding condition. Steam locomotives use a vacuum braking system to control the train and we therefore need the Mk1 vacuum-braked coaches to safely operate future steam hauled services.

  1. The Tourist Second Open (TSO) seats 64 people and has retained all its original 1950s features, including woodwork, luggage racks and roof lights!
  1. The Brake Standard Open (Micro-Buffet) (BSOT) has a passenger section with 31 seats and comes with a micro-Buffet, guard’s compartment with handbrake and a disabled access space with double doors, ramp and fixed seating for carers.

Your donation is vital to our preparations to bring steam back to Wensleydale. Will you support us?

Ways to Support

We welcome any donation, either one-off or regular. No matter the size, we greatly appreciate your support.

Note: Any surplus money raised will be used for the maintenance and improvement of the railway.

Donation Methods


Secure online donations can be made by clicking on the “Donate via JustGiving” button below

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Bank Transfer:

Wensleydale Railway Association (Trust) Limited

Sort code: 40-35-03 Account number: 61322044


Please make payable to “WRA(T)” and send to:

The Treasurer WRA(T)

56 Thorpe Lane

Huddersfield, HD5 8TA

We would appreciate it if you would also complete the form attached to the downloadable brochure below (for our records and to claim Gift Aid) and post it with your cheque, or email it to: john.smithson6@gmail.com

Thank you for your support!