Help the railway to thrive

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.

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



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.

While in lockdown we have been progressing these potential projects, by completing the designs, sourcing materials, arranging transport to site, and we are now able to push these essential projects forward. We have managed to obtain most of what we need at very favorable rates, including rail, concrete sleepers, ballast and crossing components, but there is still a shortfall in cash needed to complete this work before we re-open for the public and our second year running Polar Express.

We know that it only seemed a few months ago that we appealed to help us through Covid, and that money has been used to ensure the Leeming Station house project is one to be proud of, the rolling stock refurbishment continued and we were able to pay essential bills, but without safe and reliable infrastructure we simply can’t run any trains.

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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Download Infrastructure Appeal 2020