Plans are being developed to introduce a limited service in the summer of 2021 on at least part of the line between Bishop Auckland and Stanhope, assuming that the current dates to exit the various stages of lockdown are confirmed and followed . This service will be provided Weardale Railway Heritage Services using Diesel units owned or hired by the Weardale Railway Trust.


 Further, Weardale Railways Limited (the  Company which owns the line) hope to be able to operate special trains in the run up to Christmas


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.


Trustees have produced a list of critical activities to support the re-introduction of services whilst ensuring we are following national social distancing measures and the regulations in place.


​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.

On joining the Trust, updates on working parties will be regularly emailed out to volunteers, please see our Twitter Feed or Facebook