Weardale Railway extends to Bishop Auckland

Class 141 on the Weardale Railway
Railway brings back regular trains to Bishop Auckland in time for diesel gala
Published Thu, 2018-04-26 14:48

Weardale Railway have successfully brought passenger services back to stretch of track unused since 2012.

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Class 141 on the Weardale Railway © Creative Commons Licence

Hundreds of people enjoyed a ride from Stanhope to Bishop Auckland last weekend during their diesel gala event, for the first time since the railway was forced to cease services due to problems with sinking track between Witton-le-Wear and Bishop Auckland.

Extensive work has been carried out over the last 5 years to lift the track at Broken Banks, a section about half a mile from Bishop Auckland.

The platform was put to good use as part of the 31 Gala weekend on 21/22 April with plenty passengers using this to get into Bishop Auckland for the Food festival as well as travel on the intensive train service. The additional length will also allow Heritage Services to operate the 2 car 108 unit to the station in the future.

three trains per week will run to Bishop Auckland after the timetable is recast in July. These trains will be operated by the volunteer-led Weardale Railway Heritage Services, which is part of Weardale Railway Trust, a charity set up to support Weardale Railway CIC. 

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