President David Shepherd CBE FRSA FGRA
The Wensleydale Railway is an authentic heritage railway serving the local community, offering tourists, families and transport enthusiasts a great value day out in the Yorkshire Dales with lots to see and do along the way.
Over 22 miles of the former line from Northallerton to Garsdale. Timetabled services currently run over the 16 miles from Leeming Bar to Redmire – one of the longest operational heritage lines in the UK.
IN 1954, almost half a century ago, a 40-mile rural Victorian railway closed to passenger services. It seemed to be the end of the line for passengers in Wensleydale.
However in 2003, the licences required to re-open the railway were granted and on 4th July a ceremony at Leeming Bar marked the reinstatement of scheduled passenger services up the dale after a 49-year gap.
This renaissance became a genuine prospect with the reprieve of the Settle-Carlisle Railway from a long-running closure proposal in 1989.
Local campaigners felt that the economic and social reasons for saving one railway applied to the reinstatement of another; not only would it provide travel and tourism benefits to local communities but would also close a gap in the national rail network.
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