The award-winning Wensleydale Railway Education programme has been running since 2015, immersing students in the history of rural railway life. The two authentically restored railway stations at Scruton and Leeming Bar invite students to explore and learn what life would have been like through tactile, hands-on curriculum-linked activities.

Scruton Station, set to the Edwardian period, is one of the best examples of a small wayside station in the country and features a Signal cabin, a Ticket Office and Ladies Waiting Room.

Leeming Bar Station moves through time to the 1920’s, a time of great change in the railways. This larger station was a village hub to its community, with a Parcels Office and Tickets Office, as well as the Station Master’s parlour and kitchen to explore. Both Stations have been restored thanks to the generous support of the National Lottery Heritage Fund and a Railway Heritage Grant, with an emphasis on using traditional materials and techniques with a painstaking attention to detail. Schools are invited to come and interact with the stations, to learn about their local history and the importance of railways to rural communities in the past.

Download our 2023 Heritage Education Visits booklet here: