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 11 mile section between Stanhope and Witton le Wear. These services are operated by a subsidiary of the Weardale Railway Trust.
At the moment the 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 and Witton le Wear.
Also, in November and December the Railway operates ‘The Train to Christmas Town’, a themed train ride based on the book of the same name.
These services are operated by the railway holding company, Weardale Railways CIC, with assistance from the volunteer led Weardale Railway Trust. Further details can be found here