Return of the Bubble

Return of the Bubble

We are pleased to announce the return of the class 121 bubble car from body repairs at Nemesis Rail in Burton-on-Trent.  Its been away from the railway for most of lockdown, so it was a good time to have it out of service while we couldn't run trains. Nemesis have...

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Good To Go

Good To Go

COVID SAFE TRAINS RESUME BETWEEN BEDALE, LEEMING BAR, SCRUTON STATIONS From Saturday 22nd May the Wensleydale Railway will open for business   After a lot of planning refresher training and Covid safe preparation the Wensleydale Railway is ready to give visitors...

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Ham Hall Back in action

Ham Hall Back in action

Over the weekend of the 17th & 18th April, volunteers from the Wensleydale railway along with assistance from certified engineers were able to complete the longstanding aim of upgrading Ham Hall level crossing to modern standards. This is the culmination of server...

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Traction & Rolling Stock

Traction & Rolling Stock

Traction and Rolling Stock  There have been a large number of movements of locos and rolling stock to and from the railway in recent months with the departure of some long-standing residents and the arrival of new pacer units fresh from the main line.  A number of...

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AGM 2020 – Update

AGM 2020 – Update

The AGM was finally convened at 11am on Saturday the 27th of Feb, via a group zoom call. Over 50 members of the Board, Trust and shareholders attended and the technology held up to provide a very useful meeting. Thanks go to everybody who took time out of their day to...

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Government Awards Railway Restart Grant

Government Awards Railway Restart Grant

Wensleydale Railway receives lifeline grant from Government’s £1.57bn Culture Recovery Fund    Almost 450 heritage organisations in England, including the Wensleydale Railway have been awarded cash from the first round of the Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage...

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AGM 2020

AGM 2020

The Chairman and Board of Wensleydale Railway plc intend to hold a remote AGM by Zoom on Monday 28th September at 18:00hrs.  https://zoom.us/j/95665384060?pwd=V1p6djNxTHA1QUF1RVY3NG0vWkJxUT09 Meeting ID: 956 6538 4060 Passcode: 114316

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Coach Restoration

Coach Restoration

While most of the focus over the last few months has been on the Leeming Bar station house, a dedicated team have been working away in the Maintenece Shed refurbishing some of our coaching stock ready for Polar Express. Mk2 TSO 5378 has been stripped and a number of...

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Work continues on Leeming Bar Station House

Work continues on Leeming Bar Station House

Even with the railway closed and our staff off site due to Coronavirus, our building contractor has arranged a safe method of working to allow them to progress the redevelopment of the main building. Work on stripping the building has now been completed, and most of...

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Thanks Total !

Thanks Total !

When things are tough its our friends who can really make a big difference, and we can count on Total UK as a great friend. Total have featured the railway in their corporate news and community awareness section of their web site, following their generous support of...

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Tornado Raffle Winners

Tornado Raffle Winners

It is with great pleasure that we can announce the winners of our Tornado Spring Raffle. Although we were restricted to only one weekend running with Tornado due to the impending CV-19 epidemic we still managed to raise an incredible £3665 for the Railway. 1st prize -...

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Yorkshire Post Article

Yorkshire Post Article

The Railway was featured in the Yorkshire Post this weekend, with a article on how we are progressing our projects during lockdown with the help of Heritage Lottery grants. There are some super photographs on a glorious Yorkshire day at Leeming Bar and a video of The...

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National Lottery Heritage Fund Award

National Lottery Heritage Fund Award

STOP PRESS…..  The National Lottery Heritage Fund have awarded Wensleydale Railway a Heritage Emergency Fund grant of £50,000 to support us and our vital work at the heritage railway during Covid-19. It is only because of The National Lottery players across the...

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Wensleydale Camera Club Exhibition

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...

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Another new addition

Another new addition

Some good news for the railway going forward in these uncertain times. A private individual has purchased class 31 no. 31454 for restoration and use on the railway. The locomotive looks much worse than it is and is a member of the sub class that was fitted to provide...

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Covid-19

Covid-19

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...

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Comings and Goings

Comings and Goings

The weekend of the 22nd and 23rd Feb saw some new arrivals on the line and the departure of an old friend, with a weather incident thrown in. The first service on Saturday 22nd, operated by the 121 Bubble car had a mishap with a fallen tree just after leaving Bedale....

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Welcoming a Pacer

Welcoming a Pacer

Both pacers resting at Leyburn while on Driver TrainingLove them or hate them, the BR Class 142 'Pacer' have been stalwarts of many rural and urban services for over 35 years. With changes to rules regarding disabled access these units are now being phased out on the...

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