WEARDALE RAILWAY SERVICES IN 2021 : JULY UPDATE
We are hopeful that the Trust will be able to restart some limited heritage services later in the summer. The exact date is dependent on the completion of some essential engineering trackwork. It will also mean that the initial services this year will be limited to the section of railway between Stanhope and Wolsingham.
We are currently working with the owners, WRL, to establish a 4 train per day service operating between Stanhope and Wolsingham commencing the 31st July. Services, under discussion, will initially operate on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays and will not call at all intermediate stations. We will also be keeping a close eye on COVID 19 restrictions and ensuring that appropriate mitigations are in place.
Weardale Railway Ltd staff and Trust volunteers are also working hard to clear sight lines along the track and spruce up stations ready for the restart. There is also much retraining to be undertaken for operational staff. Hopefully this will be addressed over the next 5 to 6 weeks.
These services will be operated by Weardale Railway Heritage Services using Diesel units owned or hired by the Weardale Railway Trust. Details will be published as soon as possible on this website and by links on Facebook and Twitter.
Meanwhile our Stations and the café at Stanhope remain closed.
Weardale Railways Limited (the Company which owns the line ) are planning to operate trains in 2022. It is also possible that WRL may operate some event trains in August and September 2021.