The Weardale Railway is an 18 mile heritage line which runs from a connection with the main railway network at Bishop Auckland in County Durham to Eastgate in the Weardale Area of Outstanding Beauty. At the moment a seasonal service of heritage passenger trains is operated over the 16 mile section between Stanhope and Bishop Auckland. These services are operated by a subsidiary of the Weardale Railway Trust. Click Here to find out more
Trains are also operated by the railway holding company : Weardale Railways CIC, with assistance from the volunteers of the Weardale Railway Trust. in November and December the Railway operates ‘The Train to Christmas Town’, a themed train ride based on the book of the same name. Also on some Sundays during the spring and summer months Afternoon Tea and cream tea trains are planned. Additionally, Saturday Evening trains and special event days are held. See the ‘NEWS’ section for the latest information.
At the moment the regular passenger services are operated by a Heritage diesel unit which provides excellent views of the outstanding Dales scenery and the multiple river crossings. There are plans to reintroduce steam hauled services in the near future using a locomotive owned by the Weardale Railway Trust and which is currently under repair. Further details can be found Here
The headquarters of the railway are at Stanhope station, other stations are at Frosterley, Wolsingham, Witton le Wear and Bishop Auckland.