We are pleased to announce the launch of our summer appeal to support on-going maintenance and improvement plans. Our railway is one of the longest heritage lines in the UK. We have 22 miles of track and infrastructure to maintain. We also need to invest in projects that will improve the railway’s future. This creates a considerable financial and operational burden for our small volunteer-led team to manage. We are committed to improving our railway and securing its future but we need your help.

This appeal builds on the success of our Return to Redmire appeal in 2022, which has raised £50,000 to date. It complements recent improvements including relaying track at Aiskew, resurfacing Leeming Bar station platform and a donation of 2.5 miles of track from SUEZ Recycling and Recovery UK in Teesside. This appeal will also support work now underway to restore services westwards to Wensley as part of our plans to return passenger services to Redmire.

Nick Keegan, Fundraising and Marketing Manager, Wensleydale Railway said: “We have a small, volunteer-led management team that is focussed on developing our railway. We are committed to improving our railway for customers and we want to secure its future for the next generation to enjoy. This takes time, hard work and funding. We need help to realise our ambitious plans.”

He added: “As recent news announcements have demonstrated, we continue to make significant progress in our improvement plans and we urge people to join us and support our latest appeal.”

Donations can be made online at https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/summerappeal2023

For more information: email fundraising@wensleydalerailway.com