Leeming Bar Station House Project
The Wensleydale Railway Association Trust (WRAT) has been given a grant by the National Lottery Heritage Fund to restore Leeming Bar station and to share its heritage with more people and in new ways. Despite the challenges, the Grade II listed building underwent a complete restoration during the spring of 2020 and focus is now on decorating and furnishing the station house to how it would have looked in the 1920’s. When the station house reopens, there will also be a vibrant public programme of free events and activities with something to appeal to everyone. We also have a digital offer starting in March of live events and talks to appeal to different groups. The extensive project has secured the building for future generations and will help to reconnect the railway with its local community.
As the railway starts to plan for re-opening we have been busy making some exciting plans for the future. One plan is to begin the new season when restrictions allow with an hourly service between Bedale and Scruton stations where visitors will be able to step back in time and enjoy a living museum experience. Visitors will travel to Scruton where they can tour the station and take part in activities before travelling to Leeming Bar where they can participate in our education and community engagement programme. The programme will see a wide range of heritage-based activities allowing the public to discover and experience life at a busy country station in the inter-war period.
Despite a few delays we are now in the position to start delivering a range of activities and events, in person and digitally including for local community members.