Wensleydale Railway - Photo Archive

May 2016


This month we have:-
1. The Renaming of Class 47 Locomotive "Haymarket"
2. A Railwayana item being sold at auction in aid of the Wensleydale Railway 2016 Challenge
3. Work by the Leyburn Infrastructure Team
4. A new Station Sign at Leyburn supplied by Campbells of Leyburn
5. Work at Scruton by the Direct Works Team
6. Work by the Vegetation Team at Northallerton West

Auction of Railwayana Item

One of the pictures below is of a Wagon Plate from Gittus's of Penistone. John Smithson has taken up the "Wensleydale Railway 2016 Challenge" and will be raising money by auctioning the item at the next available Great Central Railwayana Auction (http://www.gcrauctions.com/) on 3rd September 2016. It is in excellent condition and measures about 9 1/4 inches by 6 3/4 inches. It is cast iron and weighs 3 to 4 pounds. If anybody is very keen to buy it or to contact him about it, please email him on john.smithson6@gmail.com .

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Wensleydale Railway News Release - 1st June 2016

Renaming Ceremony following restoration and repainting of Class 47 Diesel Locomotive.

Councillor David Jeffels, immediate past chairman of North Yorkshire County Council and Keith Madeley, chairman of the Yorkshire Society, 'Mr. Yorkshire', recently renamed a Class 47 Diesel Locomotive following restoration and repainting by volunteers of the Wensleydale Railway.

The locomotive, renamed 'Haymarket' has been painted in Network South East livery. The Haymarket name comes from its time working in Scotland before its transfer to the South East.

Keith Madeley, at the tender age of 16 joined British Rail in Bradford and on gaining a promotion went to work in the South East and became Britain's youngest Station Master at the age of 21, an achievement which Keith is still immensely proud of today. The locomotive is one the many he would have seen and managed when working on the South East Network.

The locomotive, built in 1966 is owned by Harry Needle Railway Company (HNRC) and is on loan to the Wensleydale Railway for use on the Railway's regular timetable.

"We began this project with great enthusiasm and after four months of very hard work, the results are impressive. We still have some minor jobs to do to complete the project, but will be ready to use Haymarket on our service from this summer onward. The restoration work has been undertaken by Wensleydale Railway volunteers with the support of local people and businesses," commented Wensleydale Railway general manager, Nigel Park.

The Wensleydale Railway is one of the longest heritage railway routes in the country and operates a daily service in the main season between Leeming Bar and Redmire with Wednesday and Saturdays for the Northallerton-Leeming Bar section. The Railway is considering an extension of the line from Redmire to Aysgarth Falls, a return to the centre of Northallerton, and a general upgrade of the line, stations and trains.

Pictured: (L-R) Nigel Park, general manager, Wensleydale Railway, Keith Madeley 'Mr Yorkshire', chairman if the Yorkshire Society, Cllr David Jeffels, immediate past chairman of NYCC, Cllr Carl Les, leader of NYCC, Paul Warren, Wensleydale Railway Volunteer.

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