Wensleydale Railway launches Full Steam Ahead appeal to expand steam locomotive services

Wensleydale Railway has launched a new appeal to purchase two Mark 1 coaches to help expand its steam transport services.

There is something special about seeing steam trains running through the countryside, however, there are obstacles to making this a reality.

Incredible progress has been made by the Wensleydale Railway – Scruton Station has undergone an award-winning restoration, Leeming Bar Station House has been restored, with a program of heritage education and community engagement.

Track and infrastructure improvements have been completed, including the restoration of Class 121 DMU and Four Mk2 cars. This was capped off with a hugely popular Polar Express event, for which the railway entered Ian Riley’s LMS Black 5 No. 45407 The Lancashire Fusilier.

Credit: Wensleydale Railway

The railway is looking to buy two very recently refurbished Mk1 carriages, which are vacuum braked to allow for the expansion of its steam services.

  1. The Tourist Second Open (TSO) seats 64 people and retains some of its original features, including woodwork and stained glass.
  2. The Brake Standard Open (Micro-Buffet) (BSOT) is complete with micro-buffet, passenger section (31 seats), Guards compartment and disabled access area with double doors, ramp and fixed seats for carers.

If you would like to help the Wensleydale Railway, you can donate through their JustGiving page.

Your donation is really important to see steam come back to the Wensleydale Railway more often. Will you support them?

Jose P. Rogers