Weardale Railway in 2020

With national coronavirus restrictions easing and some visitor attractions re-opening, now is a good time to update everyone on what's happening at the Weardale Railway. Here is an overview of plans going forward for the remainder of 2020...


The Weardale Railway will remain closed to visitors for the remainder of the year, this is due to the new operating company having to apply for a licence to run trains. This is a complex process, impacted by coronavirus, however trustees have received notification that the application is progressing.

Only emergency machinery can be used on the line. The Flail has been used to help clear vegetation along the line prior to major infrastructure projects being completed. This additional time will also allow for operational competencies to be updated prior to 2021. Trustees are planning services for next year and updates on progress will be posted regularly.

However there is still much to do and can be done to show the railway is looked after, cared for and remains alive for our volunteers, followers and visitors over coming months and years to come. We have a skilled and dedicated volunteer base, it is key not to lose any of our volunteers or interest the railway has built up.

Trustees have produced a list of key activities for members to support at our key locations along the line from Stanhope to Bishop Auckland ensuring we following national social distancing measures.

You will need to become a member of the Weardale Railway Trust if you are not already, which would mean you would be covered by our insurance. There are a range of behind the scenes activities to get involved in. Please get in touch with Simon our volunteer co-ordinator on volunteering@weardale-railway.org.uk if you are interested, with tasks for all abilities.

On joining the Trust, updates on working parties will be regularly emailed out to volunteers, please see our Twitter feed @RailwayTrust or Facebook Weardale Railway Trust