Wensleydale Railway - Photo Archive
Welcome to the
Photo Website and Archive
Unfortunately due to the Cornavirus epidemic, the railway is currently unable to run any public train services. However we are now actively working towards restarting service trains in late May 2021 (assuming Government regulations allow).
2021 FUND RAISING APPEAL
After a year when lockdowns and other restrictions have prevented the Wensleydale Railway from running trains and have also severely reduced the amount of routine maintenance that could be done, we are currently addressing the work required to bring the railway and its rolling stock back up to a good condition ready for when it is allowed to operate again. This is being done section by section, starting with line between Scruton and Bedale Stations. The intention is to provide an hourly DMU service between the two stations also calling at Leeming Bar, when trains are allowed to run again.
For this to become possible the railway needs a lot of materials and equipment. Can you help with this process by ‘buying’ one or more of these items for us? For more information see here.
HERITAGE EDUCATION TALKS
As most of you will already know (but if not see below) the Wensleydale Railway was given a grant by the National Lottery Heritage Fund to restore Leeming Bar station and to share its heritage with more people and in new ways. When the station house reopens, there will be a vibrant public programme of free events and activities with something to appeal to everyone.
In the meantime, during March 2021 the Wensleydale Railway has been presenting a number of live Digital Talks via Zoom. These talks have been recorded and are now available for everyone to watch on our YouTube Channel here
Leeming Bar Station House - A Return to Glory (By Will Burnham)
Brass, Steel and Fire (A Century of Model Locomotives) (By Anthony Coulls)
The Day the Railway Changed Everything (By Connor Lagus)
The Sierra Leone National Railway Museum (By Steve Davis)
There are also a couple of short videos about Scruton Station in 1910.
Life on the Wensleydale Line: 1910 | Meet Mr. Johnson the Station Master
Life on the Wensleydale Line: 1910 | Meet Mrs. Johnson
HERITAGE LOTTERY FUNDED RESTORATION OF
LEEMING BAR STATION HOUSE
Despite the Corona virus epidemic, the Heritage Lottery Funded restoration of Leeming Bar Station House is progressing well. The contractor has now finished their restoration of the building and the next stage will be the decoration and fitting out of the building which will be done mainly by our own volunteers. A photo gallery showing the restoration of the building by the contractor can be seen here. A photo gallery showing the redecoration of the building by our volunteers can be seen here
The grant of £368,000 for the restoration of Leeming Bar Station House is the largest yet awarded to the Wensleydale Railway and represents a significant vote of confidence in its direction of travel. Building work is planned to start in early 2020 when people working in the station will be re-housed in temporary buildings adjacent to the Goods Shed. The restoration will take around 9 months to complete and will include restoration of the station family’s accommodation in 1920’s style. Once complete the public will have access to the ticket office, waiting rooms and station family’s lounge and kitchen. A wide range of activities with railway themes will be delivered in and from the station house to the public, schools, families and community groups. The Wensleydale Railway is building a national reputation for the excellence of its restoration work and delivery of heritage programmes. Thanks to the National Lottery players and the Railway's supporters and volunteers, Leeming Bar will become a fitting gateway to the Railway and Dales. Updates will be provided through the Railway’s web site and social media. The Press Release can be seen here.
The National Lottery Heritage Fund have awarded Wensleydale Railway a Heritage Emergency Fund grant of £50,000 to support us and our vital work at the heritage railway during Covid-19. It is only because of The National Lottery players across the country that we can continue our work.
This funding will be used to improve facilities to the newly restored Leeming Bar Station House as well as restoring a number of Mark 2 heritage train carriages in time for this winter’s Polar Express experiences. Originally these essential improvements would have been funded by this season’s train ticket income which is not possible as we are closed due to the global pandemic.
This is the fifth time the National Lottery has funded projects at Wensleydale Railway demonstrating their commitment to our Railway and belief in our work. We would like to thank the National Lottery Heritage Fund and all of you who play the lottery again, for this continued support during these challenging times. It makes a huge difference.
BARRY WETHERELL'S PHOTOGRAPHS
Shortly before he died, Barry Wetherell passed on to the railway many of his photographs that he had taken over the years. Under the "Early WRA Volunteering", there are now four photo galleries of his photos dating back from 2006 to 2008. More will be added from time to time.
The Wensleydale Railway is a tourist and heritage line starting at the County town of Northallerton to Redmire on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, passing through the Georgian market town of Bedale and the Dales market town of Leyburn, with constantly changing scenery, from the arable lands of the Vale of Mowbray in the east to hills of the Yorkshire Dales in the west.
The line is a predominantly heritage diesel line, with steam services operating over selected weekends, special events and the summer months. For further information please see the timetable page for days on which the steam service runs.
This website shows many photos showing all the various aspects of the Wensleydale Railway. There are dedicated pages showing some of the work and events which is going on each month. In addition the various works teams have dedicated pages to allow them to show some of the projects that they have been involved with. There is also a photo search facility to search for particular photographs.
Use the menus above to select various photo galleries.
These photos can all be used by Wensleydale Railway for their own purposes so long as the photographer is credited. For use external to the railway, please contact me first to obtain permission.
SOCIAL HISTORY OF OUR STATIONS
We are running an ongoing research programme into the history of the Wensleydale Railway, which runs from Leeming Bar to Redmire. At present we have some information on three of our stations - See the Social History pages. We would be delighted to hear from anyone who has a family connection with the railway or can help us piece together its story over the last 150 years. To get in touch, please email email@example.com or telephone 01677-425805.
ARCHIVE PHOTO SEARCH
This website is being developed into a photo archive for the Wensleydale Railway. There are now many more photographs than are contained in the above photo galleries. A photo search facility (see above for the link) is now available whereby the whole archive can be searched for photographs meeting your desired criteria.
D.V. BEEKEN COLLECTION
Wensleydale Railway photos from the 1950s by J.W. Hague from the D.V. Beeken Collection have now been added to this site. The default low resolutions versions of the photos can be seen with a watermark. High resolution versions of these photos (without watermark) are available for personal use for a donation to the WRA(T). Please contact me for further details. Grateful thanks to David Beeken for allowing the use of these photos for the benefit of the Wensleydale Railway.
We now have a guestbook for your comments and suggestions for the website. See the "Home" menu above.
Does anyone have additional photographs that would be suitable for this photo gallery/archive?
If so, then you can either upload them directly to the website via the logon option under the "Home" menu above (please contact me first for a username and password) or you can send them to me (Timothy Edwards) for inclusion on the site at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo gallery instructions:-
Note that the photograph pages all use photo galleries to display the photographs
You may find it better to view the pictures in 'full screen' mode - For most browsers F11 will toggle this on and off
Operation of the photo gallery has been altered so that it now also works with touch screen devices. Hover the mouse over a thumbnail to see the full size picture to the right. If you click or tap on the thumbnail then it will cause the selected picture to stay on the right. Click or tap on the link under the picture will bring up a higher resolution picture
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