The Trust

Trust Members

The Wensleydale Railway is one of the only Heritage railways in the country to be still considered as part of the national network, this is to facilitate the use by the MOD for trains to and from the railhead at Redmire. As such the railway is required to operate as a commercial concern, and so we need to be a PLC to run services. The board of the PLC take full responsibility for the safe operation of the railway, but are all volunteers and do not recieve any remuneration for the work provided, they do it for the love of the line and the desire to see the Railway grow and prosper.

John Smithson – Treasurer, WRA(T) 


Robert Carter – Vice Chairman, WRA(T) 

Robert Carter is currently the Vice Chairman of the WRA(T).  He retired from the Army with the rank of Major in 2005 after 6 years of Service in the Royal Engineers and 28 years in the Royal Signals, with first 12 years of this latter period being spent in the Territorial Army when he owned a small mixed farm in East Sussex.  After leaving the Army he spent 7 as an office manager for a Northallerton based end of life charity.  Robert has been an active volunteer with the Railway since 2005 being involved in crossing keeping, signalling, office administration, on train catering and infrastructure maintenance.  Robert was awarded the Territorial Decoration (TD) in 1988, made a Member of the British Empire (MBE) in the 1998 Queen’s Birthday Honours List and a Member of the Institution of Royal Engineers (UK) (MInstRE) in 2007.


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