Weardale Railway Trust 2021 Annual General Meeting Highlights

The Annual General Meeting of the Weardale Railway Trust was held in The Pavilion at the Stanhope Showground on 2 October 2021 at 11am.

A fuller account will be given in the November issue of the Trust magazine ‘Between the Lines’.
• Note : the last AGM was held on 14 March 2020. Because of Covid restrictions this present meeting had been postponed for six months. The Financial and Director reports and documents thus cover the 2020 year reporting period, however other more recent developments were discussed.
• The takoevoer by the Auckland Project from the previous Weardale Railway owners was completed in the first Quarter of 2021 and a new legal entity was formed : Weardale Railway Limited. The Trust has one representative on the Board of the new company. Initially this was Steve Raine who has now handed over the postion to Tony Slack.
• There have been no WR Trust operated train services so far in 2021. At the time of the meeting it was still planned to try to operate a Christmas service, however this plan has had to be deferred (See news section)
• Work has continued on the Trust owned rolling stock, on stations, station gardens and on trackside clearance – all this at a gradually increasing rate as lockdown conditions eased.
• Two Directors, Steve Raine and Richard Maughan, announced their decision to retire, although both will continue to assist the Trust and the Railway as volunteers. There were two nominations for election to the Board, Luke Holmes and Tom Hatton, and three existing Directors were re-elected.
• Reports were given on the ongoing restoration work on the 108 DMU, the Sentinel Shunter and the No 40 steam locomotive. (See Trust News section).
• The Meeting closed with a report by Wayne Dixon (WRL Operations Manager). He said that a survey of all bridges and culverts had been completed and that the section from Bishop Auckland to Stanhope had given a clean bill of health. There were three locations between Wolsingham and Stanhope where permanent way works were required before trains could operate. Also there were gauging issues to be addressed at several locations.
• The slippage of the embankment located one mile west of Bishop Auckland (Broken Banks) has recurred during the recent non operating period. A contractor has been engaged to work on repairs during October 2021 (See News section).

Weardale Railway Trust 2021 Annual General Meeting Highlights