Crossed fingers selfie day, 19 November

Today everyone at the Wensleydale Railway would like to give a big thank you to the #NationalLottery players for making it possible to secure the railway for future generations. #ThanksToYou


Wensleydale Railway is working very hard behind the scenes to return the line to working as soon as we are able. However, with no traffic for months we face issues of vegetation and line repair, which we are already now working on, following the slight relaxing of the Government guidance. We have also been using the down time to complete some much needed engineering work: Leeming Bar Station House; Harmby track re-lay and the Wensley crossing renewal. We will start to run services when these works have been fully completed. 

Please note, that the railway is still operational for works trains and MOD services to Redmire, and as such is still a live railway. Trespass on the track is not only dangerous but also a criminal offence. Please keep off the railway, for your own safety.



Exercise Turnout 20

Follow us as we undertake the largest single infrastructre project on the line.

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In The News

News of progress and projects around the railway

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The Railway run regular services between Leeming Bar and Redmire using both Heritage Diesel and Steam haulage

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In addition to the regular services the railway hosts events and special trains through out the year

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About The Line

For full details on the line and stations along the route.

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Afternoon Tea Services

Treat yourself to an Afternoon Tea as you admire the dales scenery from on one of our special services

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Wensleydale Camera Club Exhibition

The Wensleydale Camera Club’s first online annual exhibition – the “ANNual EXhibition” – will be hosted in an “AnnEx” to the Club’s website. The exhibition will be launched on 15 May and run to 30 June. The exhibition will feature over a hundred images, all the work...


Unfortunately due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, the railway made the dificult descision to suspend all train operations until further notice. We did this to help keep our passengers, staff and volunteer safe and help in the effort to minimise the impact of the CoronaVirus...

Christmas Gift Ideas

Looking for Christmas gift ideas that are a bit different? Why not choose a gift that’s not only unique but one that helps your railway too?   Please don't forget to join and use Easyfundraising when you do your online shopping. We’ve raised over £8,800 to-date...

Christmas Steam Services

For two-days only, travel back in time by steam locomotive and blow those post-Christmas cobwebs away! Black Five steam locomotive No. 45407 ‘The Lancashire Fusilier’ will be operating two-days of steam services between Leeming Bar and Leyburn on 29 and 30 December...

Christmas Diesel Services

For one-day only, travel back in time onboard our visiting class 47 heritage diesel locomotive and blow those post-Christmas cobwebs away! Class 47, No. 47701 will be operating one-day of services between Leeming Bar and Leyburn on 28 December 2023. Trains will depart...

Edwardian Christmas

Edwardian Christmas We're very pleased to announce that this year, our Edwardian Christmas event is returning to Scruton Station! Join us on Sunday 10th December for an afternoon of mulled wine, mince pies and more with our cast of Edwardian living history...

Stolen Tools

Our Leyburn infrastructure tools container was broken into over the weekend. If you have any information on the break-in, find any of the missing items, or have been offered them for sale, please contact the Police and let us know: The following is a list of the major...

First Female Train Driver

We are delighted to announce the appointment of our first female train driver. Long-term volunteer Sue Threadgold, from Harrogate in North Yorkshire, has recently passed her driver training and is now qualified to drive the railway’s class 142 and class 143 diesel...

Crossing Gates Shortlisted for Award

Our Crakehall Station level crossing gates have been shortlisted for a National Railway Heritage Award! The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony to be held in London on Wednesday 6th December 2023.  The crossing gates are wooden and based on the North...

Haunted Rail 2023

This Halloween, get ready for a special day of spookiness with the Haunted Rail at Wensleydale! On Saturday 28th October, we'll be making our Stations extra scary, as well as a host of ghostly games and frightful fun for families at Leeming Bar and Scruton Stations....

Bonfire Express 2023

Are you going to the Bedale Community Bonfire and Fireworks Display on Saturday 4 November? Why not travel there by train and avoid the busy roads & parking? Let our special Bonfire Express service take the strain! All tickets are a flat £10 return with children...

Heritage Open Days

This weekend, to celebrate Heritage Open Days 2023 we will be diving into the history of Leeming Bar with our Looking Back at Leeming Bar exhibition. Last year, we completed an incredible project to restore Leeming Bar Station to its 1920s appearance and function, and...