Wensleydale Railway were last week delighted to welcome a group of 11 guests from Network Rail for a day. They joined us for a trip up and down the line and experienced the heritage offer at both Leeming Bar and Scruton. Following a sandwich lunch at Platform One at Bedale station the group walked the line Westwards to witness first hand the impact of biodiversity, with specific focus on Ash dieback and line vegitation control.

Dr Neil Strong, Network Rail’s biodiversity strategy manager said:
I spent a really good day with the Wendsleydale Railway. The primary aim was to see what both organisations could take from each other in terms of biodiversity including training, volunteering and knowledge exchange….there is massive opportunity to use the Wensleydale Railway for training for off track teams both in terms of ID and works / safety related things (tree climbing, etc), along with possible trials of techniques, fencing materials and so on…

Of the heritage offer Ally Howard  added that: “The volunteers are amazing and I’m so impressed with what’s been done to restore that level of history so accurately“.

Wensleydale Railway look forward to working ever more closely with our “landlords” and friends at Network Rail.