HOMEPAGE Yorkshire Dales, North Pennines and parts of Cumbria Scenes

HOMEPAGE for all of Phil and Molly's Pics

43a. A grand day out on the Wensleydale Railway

Scenes in the Yorkshire Dales National Park

 Yorkshire Dales and North Pennines Index

A brief history of the Wensleydale Railway. The Wensleydale Railway is a heritage railway in Wensleydale and Lower Swaledale in North Yorkshire, England. The line runs for 22 miles from Northallerton on the East Coast Main Line to Redmire in Wensleydale. The odd freight train and special excursions might travel the full length of the Wensleydale Railway line. But, usually the Wensleydale Railway only operates regular passenger services of ~19 miles from Leeming Bar station to Redmire station. The line once ran from Northallerton to Garsdale on the Settle-Carlisle Railway, sadly all the track has been lifted between Redmire and Garsdale and some of the bridges and viaducts have been demolished.

Most of the shots of the Wensleydale Railway were taken one summers day in 2009 and supplemented by images of the Wensleydale Railway Diesel Gala weekend in July 2015 and the Wensleydale Rail Beer Festival in May 2016.

The lovely rural scenic line of the Wensleydale Railway runs for 16 miles from Leeming Bar Station ==> Bedale Station ==> Finghall Station ==> Constable Burton (passing loop, no station) ==> Leyburn Station ==> Redmire Station (for Castle Bolton and Wensley)

There are 'hopeful' plans to re-establish a regular services between Leeming Bar and Northallerton and eventually to re-open the section between Redmire and Garsdale as a wonderful lengthy extension to the current Wensleydale Railway. The Wensleydale Railway Association was formed in 1990 with the principal goal of operating a full passenger services. British Rail agreed to allow the Wensleydale Railway Association to take over the line between Northallerton and Redmire when the quarry trains to Redmire stopped running. The Ministry of Defence were still interested in using the line between Northallerton and Redmire to transport armoured vehicles to/from Catterick Garrison. Subsequently the MoD paid for repairs and restoration of the line and the installation of loading facilities at Redmire. In 2000 the Wensleydale Railway Association formed a separate operating company, the Wensleydale Railway plc and issued a share offer which raised 1.2 million of  funds. Railtrack have agreed to lease the line between Northallerton and Redmire and a 99-year lease was signed in 2003 to operate the  funds. Passenger services on the  funds. restarted in July 2003 with the stations at Leeming Bar and Leyburn were reopened and by the end of 2004 the stations at Bedale, Finghall and Redmire were also reopened.  funds. Hopefully the Wensleydale Railway hopes to open a station at Scruton and a temporary station Northallerton West by the end of 2014.

The Wensleydale Railway: Scenic Redmire Station and Leeming Bar Stations

Leeming Bar Station Yard - good to see many of the original buildings from the 19th century.

The Wensleydale Railway: The Wensleydale Railway is a valiant attempt to redress the loss of a beautifully set rural railway line that was axed as result of Dr Beeching's 'great plan'. This is a community project as well as a steam heritage line and riding on the trains from Leeming Bar station to Bedale, Finghall, Leyburn and Redmire is proving a really popular with Yorkshire Dales tourists and there are some lovely towns and villages to visit as well as great walking in Wensleydale.

 

 Shunting some of the diesel locomotives around for trains for the Wensleydale Railway Diesel Gala (July 2015)

Note the naming of a GBRf Class 66 locomotive "Wensleydale Railway Association 25 years 1990 - 2015"

 

The Wensleydale Railway: You will see a variety of locomotives and rolling stock by the station platforms. You can get snacks from one of the carriages which acts as a cafe and there are two pubs nearby - The Corner House Hotel opposite the station entrance and the White Rose Hotel right round the corner.

 

The Wensleydale Railway: Ex BR standard class 2-6-4 4MT mixed traffic tank engine 80105 takes on coal and water in preparation for a hard days work. 80105 was built to a Riddles standard tank engine design and built at Brighton Works in 1955 and spent most of her working life in Scotland - Glasgow area?

 

The Wensleydale Railway: 80105 backs into the platform by the newly green and creamy-yellow painted neat looking signal box.

 

At Leeming Bar station, a Class 47 diesel waits with a train for Redmire, Wensleydale Rail Beer Festival, May 2016

Note the appearance of 9F 2-10-0 92219 in a very rusty state and 69023 which is used for steam trains on the Wensleydale Railway.

 

 

DMU carriage being shunted into place at Leeming Bar station (Wensleydale Rail Beer Festival, May 2016)

 

Class 47 traction at Leeming Bar (Wensleydale Rail Beer Festival, May 2016)

 

A nice little 0-4-0 diesel shunter potters around Leeming Bar station yard on the Wensleydale railway.

 

Class 26 26007 entering Leeming Bar station with a train from Redmire (Wensleydale Rail Beer Festival, Wensleydale Railway, May 2016)

 

A Class 01 diesel shunter at Leeming Bar (Wensleydale Rail Beer Festival, May 2016)

 

A fine portrait of a Class 47 diesel locomotive at Leeming Bar (Wensleydale Rail Beer Festival, May 2016).

 

Diesel locomotive 66305 entering Leeming Bar station with a train from Redmire (Wensleydale Rail Beer Festival, Wensleydale Railway, May 2016)

 

Lots of Diesel action at Leeming Bar station (Wensleydale Rail Beer Festival, May 2016)

 

A Class 37 diesel waits at Leeming Bar with a train for Redmire (Wensleydale Rail Beer Festival, May 2016)

 

At Leeming Bar, a Class 26 diesel at the rear of train for Redmire (Wensleydale Rail Beer Festival, May 2016)

 

"AYSGARTH AMBITION" reflecting the desire to extend the line to the old Aysgarth station (Wensleydale Rail Beer Festival, May 2016).

 

The Wensleydale Railway: 80105 waits to depart from Leeming Bar with a train Bedale, Leyburn and Redmire.

 

The Wensleydale Railway: The black livery and BRITISH RAILWAYS lion logo.

 

-

A pair of Class 37 diesel locomotives in the early morning - Wensleydale Railway Diesel Gala (July 2015)


The Wensleydale Railway:  Bedale Station   (see also Bedale Town page)

The Wensleydale Railway: The station yard of Bedale station

 

The Wensleydale Railway: The main original building of Bedale Station

 

The Wensleydale Railway: The level crossing and station platform of Bedale Station

 

The Wensleydale Railway:  The track between Bedale Station and Finghall Lane Station. The section of line from Bedale to Leyburn was laid down in 1855.

 

The Wensleydale Railway:  The track looking west towards Finghall Lane station

 

The Wensleydale Railway: Looking towards Bedale from near Finghall, the line passes through many miles of relaxing pleasant countryside.

 

The Wensleydale Railway: DMU from Bedale near Crakehall heading for Finghall Lane Station

 

The Wensleydale Railway: Approaching Crakehall with a Leeming Bar to Redmire train three carriage diesel multiple unit, including car 51813 which is a Class110 BRCW Calder Valley unit built in 1961.

 


The Wensleydale Railway:  Finghall Lane Station

The Wensleydale Railway: Finghall Lane Station is a well preserved rural station with the old waiting room, ticket office, iron columns on the platform and the manned level crossing. It also still retains its certificate as the 'Best Kept Station' first class prize in 1934 !

 

The Wensleydale Railway: The main building and platform of Finghall Lane Station.

 

The Wensleydale Railway:  The lovely view from Finghall Lane station

 


The Wensleydale Railway:  Constable Burton  (NOT a station, but a passing loop for trains).

The Wensleydale Railway: Where the Constable Burton station once stood is the only section of double track apart from Leeming Bar and Redmire Stations. It allows two trains to pass.

 

The Wensleydale Railway: A two car DMU entering the passing loop with a Leeming Bar - Redmire train. It includes car 51400/W51400 which is one of the Class 117 pressed steel suburban triple units built in 1960.

 

The Wensleydale Railway: At Constable Burton the trains must exchange tokens to allow movement to the next section of single track. The duty is performed by the man in the orange safety jacket, who also has to operate the points at both ends of the loop.

 

The Wensleydale Railway: The two trains passing, a 3 car DMU and a 2 car DMU.

 


The Wensleydale Railway:  Leyburn Station

Class 56 diesel locomotive 56098 heading for Leyburn station - Wensleydale Railway Diesel Gala (July 2015)  with D6757 in the rear.

 

The Wensleydale Railway: The entrance to Leyburn Station.

 

The Wensleydale Railway: Two heritage buses went by, UNITED and LINCOLNSHIRE

 

The Wensleydale Railway: 80105 takes on water while waiting to depart from Leyburn Station with a train for Redmire.

 

The scenery west of Leyburn and the track's descent down to Redmire station on the Wensleydale railway, Castle Bolton visible in the distance.

 

56098 diesel climbing up from Redmire and heading for Leyburn ...

.... with D6757 in the rear - Wensleydale Railway Diesel Gala (July 2015)


The Wensleydale Railway:  Chugging up Wensleydale

The Wensleydale Railway: 80105 travelling in the countryside of lower Swaledale between Leyburn and Redmire. The coaching stock is actually diesel multiple units (DMUs) which can operate the service in their own right.

 

The Wensleydale Railway: The scenery is lovely and becomes more spectacular the nearer you are to Redmire.

 

The lovely scenery of Wensleydale itself from the Wensleydale Railway (foreground) just east of Redmire

 

Even better when the sun shines in Wensleydale!

You can just see Bolton Castle (~centre) at several points on the journey on the Wensleydale Railway

 

A Class 47 diesel locomotive train heads for Redmire station - Wensleydale Railway Diesel Gala (July 2015), with  class 37 diesel in the rear

 

D6757 heads a train for Redmire - Wensleydale Railway Diesel Gala (July 2015) with 56098 in the rear

 


The Wensleydale Railway:  Redmire Station  (for Castle Bolton and Wensley)

The Wensleydale Railway: Redmire Station in Wensleydale, right in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales.

 

The Wensleydale Railway: Everybody is waiting for the steam locomotive to back in and nobody is looking at the stunning views of Wensleydale!

 

The Wensleydale Railway: Just checking all is ok!

 

The Wensleydale Railway: WENSLEYDALE VINTAGE BUS: There were three heritage buses in Redmire Station Yard. These classic vintage coaches operate between Redmire, Bolton Castle, Carpeby, Aysgarth Falls, Hawes, Garsdale and Leyburn on various routes - tour of including Wensleydale. Ex UNITED LHN 823 and ex LINCOLNSHIRE FFW 830

 

The Wensleydale Railway: EASTERN NATIONAL 208 YVX

 

The Wensleydale Railway: 2-6-4 Tank engine 80105 departs from Redmire Station with the train back to Leyburn and Leeming Bar.

37674 leaves Redmire with a train for Leeming Bar - Wensleydale Railway Diesel Gala (July 2015)


A walk from Redmire Station to Castle Bolton and Wensleydale Village

The Wensleydale Railway:  Return to Redmire Station for the journey back

The steam locomotive 80105 pulls into Redmire Station, but the engine has to go from 'front to back' to haul the steam train back down Wensleydale.

The Wensleydale Railway runs for 16 miles from Leeming Bar Station ==> Bedale Station ==> Finghall Station ==> Constable Burton (passing loop, no station) ==> Leyburn Station ==> Redmire Station (for Castle Bolton and Wensley)


Diesel Locomotives and Diesel Multiple Units at Leeming Bar

A general view of the yard by the platform of Leeming Bar Station on the Wensleydale Railway

 

A Class 37 diesel locomotive on the Wensleydale Railway (August 2014).

 

Diesel Multiple Units (DMUs) for passenger services on the Wensleydale Railway

 

A Class 47 main-line diesel locomotive in the yard of Leeming Bar Station, Wensleydale Railway.

 

A Class 20 diesel hauled passenger train at Leeming Bar Station on the Wensleydale Railway.

 

Two of the Class 14 diesel locomotives that can haul both passenger and freight trains on the Wensleydale Railway, here pictured at Leeming Bar station.

 

A pair of diesel shunters (Class 01 and Class 03) and a Class 20 diesel locomotive at Leeming Bar on the Wensleydale Railway

 

A passenger train hauled by a diesel shunter, Leeming Bar Station, Wensleydale Railway.

 

The Wensleydale Railway runs for 16 miles from Leeming Bar Station ==> Bedale Station ==> Finghall Station ==> Constable Burton (passing loop, no station) ==> Leyburn Station ==> Redmire Station (for Castle Bolton and Wensley). There are cafes, pubs or restaurants at Leeming Br, Bedale, Leyburn, Wensley and Castle Bolton

 The Wensleydale Railway, Leeming Bar, North Yorkshire, England

 The Wensleydale Railway, Leeming Bar, North Yorkshire, England

 The Wensleydale Railway, Leeming Bar, North Yorkshire, England

The Wensleydale Railway, Leeming Bar, North Yorkshire England: The growing heritage Wensleydale Railway runs from Leeming Bar to Bedale and Leyburn through the beautiful countryside of the North Yorkshire Dales. The trains are diesel or steam hauled and the Buffet Trackside Car Cafe provides basic refreshment!

The Corner House Hotel opposite the station entrance and the White Rose Hotel right round the corner also provide 'pub' refreshment ie drinks and bar meals!

 

 

previous page <-> next page

 Yorkshire Dales Index

docspics images of Wensleydale Railway Line trains photos of Wensleydale Railway Line trains photographs of Wensleydale Railway Line trains pictures of Wensleydale Railway Line trains Dr Phil Brown * Treyn Railway Holidays to France, Italy and Spain from Wensleydale Railway Line trains Booking tickets for Great Railway Journey luxury Rail Trip holidays Train travel in Europe Rail holidays from Wensleydale Railway Line trains to the USA & Canada luxury train through the Rocky Mountain Canadian rail railway holidays through the Rockies US Cities by train from Wensleydale Railway Line trains  Continental rail holidays to France Germany Italy Austria Switzerland Glacier Express Treyn Holidays from Wensleydale Railway Line trains from Eurostar to Paris Brussels Avignon Turin Turino Rome Roma Florence Firenze TGV fast trains Railway travel holidays special steam excursions from Wensleydale Railway Line trains great steam heritage line and offers luxury Pullman coach dining trains Wensleydale Railway Line trains Travelling by train always seems a pleasure, especially if through wonderful scenery  to Wensleydale Railway Line trains in England, Scotland, Wales or on holiday in the rest of Europe! The railway trip from Wensleydale Railway Line trains involves seeing or travelling behind a 'real' steam locomotive in action and there is nothing like the sight and sounds of a steam train to invoke feelings of nostalgia in some of us to Wensleydale Railway Line trains even more luxury by having a special trip out on a steam dining train! England Scotland Wales Northern Ireland top class hotels in Wensleydale Railway Line trains dining out travel tours top tourist destinations tourist information on Wensleydale Railway Line trains weekend breaks mini-breaks family holidays restaurants touring coach trips from Wensleydale Railway Line trains continental tours cruise ships pleasure cruises summer breaks spring breaks continental winter breaks European winter holidays spring holidays summer holidays European Rail tours Railway travel holidays special steam excursions from Wensleydale Railway Line trains A great steam heritage line and offers luxury Pullman coach dining trains European Rail tours US and Canadian Railway travel holidays special steam excursions to Wensleydale Railway Line trains A great steam heritage line and offers luxury Pullman coach dining trains Travelling by train from Wensleydale Railway Line trains always seems a pleasure, especially if through wonderful scenery either in England, Scotland, Wales or on holiday in the rest of the railways of Europe! The railway trip involves seeing or travelling behind a 'real' steam locomotive or heritage diesel in action on a special trip from Wensleydale Railway Line trains Booking Eurostar Continental Rail Travel Tour Tickets Stuttgart Brussels Eurostar Brussels from Wensleydale Railway Line trains by TGV to Ebbsfleet International, Ashford International Stratford International, St Pancras International Paris Gare du Nord Paris Gare de Lyon Paris Gare de L'est Paris Gare Montparnasse by Eurostar from Wensleydale Railway Line trains London to Paris, Eurostar London - Brussels Eurostar London to Lille deals bargain city breaks Wensleydale Railway Line trains Great Railway Journey holidays in Italy, Spain and France by TGV booking from Wensleydale Railway Line trains Booking Eurostar Continental Rail Travel Tour Tickets to the Continent  eg Paris Brussels Avignon or railway tours across France, Holland, Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Russia, Asia or China for a travel spectacular Wensleydale Railway Line trains

HOMEPAGE Yorkshire Dales, North Pennines and parts of Cumbria ScenesHOMEPAGE for all of Phil and Molly's Pics**

YORKSHIRE DALES and North Pennines scenes and notes THE WENSLEYDALE RAILWAY North Yorkshire LAKE DISTRICT PICTURES of England's Northern Lakeland WEST YORKSHIRE Scenes Notes YORK Scenes and Notes CLEVELAND, North East England, Scenes & Notes SCOTLAND - SCOTTISH Scenes and Notes City of OXFORD Scenes & Notes
Email Docs Pics NORTHUMBRIA, Co. DURHAM and NEWCASTLE Scenes and Notes NORTH YORKSHIRE MOORS RAILWAY SCENES LONDON Scenes and Notes EASTERN ENGLAND & East Anglia PICTURES of ANIMALS Steam Train and Locomotive Photographs from the late 60's CAMBRIDGE City England Images & Notes

TOP OF PAGE