The Wens­ley­dale Rail­way

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NOW run as a her­itage line, the Wens­ley­dale Rail­way be­gan life as the Bedale and Leyburn Rail­way when an ini­tial sec­tion opened be­tween Northaller­ton and Leem­ing in 1848. By 1878 it had been ex­tended to Hawes (pic­tured) and then west­wards to link with the Set­tle-Carlisle line. Its sin­gle track car­ried mainly milk and lime­stone and with hu­man traf­fic low the de­cline be­gan when com­pet­ing bus ser­vices were in­tro­duced. Pas­sen­ger trains along the full length were with­drawn in 1954 fol­lowed by the clo­sure of the line from Red­mire to Hawes a decade later. The last re­main­ing stretch car­ried lime­stone from Red­mire to Teesside steel­works un­til 1992. Rail­way en­thu­si­asts then raised funds to ob­tain a lease on 22 miles of line from Northaller­ton to Red­mire. There are hopes the line can be re­stored to Cas­tle Bolton, Ays­garth, Hawes and Gars­dale. Visit www.wens­ley­ for de­tails of ser­vices and events.

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