Help the railway to thrive

Infrastructure Appeal 2021

As part of our planning to re-open the railway post Covid we have identified the need for some major infrastructure work to keep the railway operating safely. This includes completing a planned relay of 500 yards of track at Harmby, renewing the worn-out crossing decks at Wensley and Smiths crossings, renewing Swale bridge timbers and several spot track repairs where our patrollers have identified and documented issues.

With the help of the Army we were able to renew 300 yards at Harmby, re-timber swale bridge and replace Wensley crossing. With the start of the new year we are pushing forward and replacing an additional 200 yards at Harmby, and replacing Smiths crossing. We have also identified over three miles of lineside fencing that need to either be repaired or replaced in the short time. This work is being carried out completely in house with our own team of engineers and volunteers. Again this work requires a level of investment in materials which, due to no income from ticket sales during Covid, we need to appeal to our supporters and members to assist with.

On the plus side this work is going to pay dividends in the future as we plan to re-open when the pandemic situation allows.

Your generosity will really make a difference thank you and stay safe.


Wensleydale Railway Association (Trust) Ltd

Station House,

Leases Road, 

Leeming Bar


Registered Charity 1088324



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Pacer Appeal

With all the complications around opening in a covid world we see our short term future in runnig services with our newly aquired Pacer fleet. Although they have only recently been retired from front line service there is still a large amout of effort required to make them ready for safe use on our railway. This includes waterproofing, mechanical work, staff training and re-painting, all of which take time, effort and money. Our volunteers are providing the time and effort, can you help out with the money ? We have set up an appeal to help provide the funds, if you can then please help us out by donating below.

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Your generosity will really make a difference – thank you and stay safe.