Wensleydale Railway

The railway in Wensleydale is a remarkable survivor. Having lost its passenger services in 1954, and almost half its route mileage by the early 1960s, the line survived until 1992 by carrying limestone to the smelters on Teesside. When that traffic finished, the Ministry of Defence decided to use the line for the occasional transport of military vehicles and this traffic kept the line alive long enough for the Wensleydale Railway Association (formed in 1990) to build support and eventually form a company to take a 100 year lease on the 22 miles of line from Northallerton to Redmire.

The line reopened to passenger traffic from Leeming Bar to Leyburn in 2003, and the following year the section to Redmire was also opened. The line now serves Leeming Bar, Bedale , Finghall Lane, Leyburn and Redmire, a distance of 16 miles.

In the longer term, we intend to rebuild the line west of Redmire to Castle Bolton, Aysgarth, Hawes and eventually Garsdale on the famous Settle to Carlisle Railway.
The railway is run largely by volunteers, supported by a very small number of paid staff, and you can help by becoming a member of the Wensleydale Railway Association (Application form on the WRA pages) or the Wensleydale Railway Trust (Wensleydale Railway Trust).

Coming up

2018

13-16 September Heritage Open Days 2018 15/16 September Cheese Festival Wensleydale Creamery 22 September Beer and Beef Festival, Springhill Farm, Jervaulx Noon – Midnight Snape Fun Runs 5k & 10k at 11am Entry forms from Nickery Nook or tel. 01677 470232 23 September Thorp Perrow Fungus Foray 1pm 24 September Nidderdale Show 29 – 30 […]

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