Sunday 8 October 2023

The Weardale Railway, 3rd September 2023

The Weardale Railway resumed services to Bishop Auckland in 2023; these are only planned to run on certain days in the season, otherwise services are focused between Stanhope and Wolsingham.

Stanhope in the morning, with Sentinel 0-6-0 10187/1964 and GRC&W 55012.

A view of 1958 built 55012 from the café.

142078, new in February 1987, was acquired by the Weardale Railway Trust in 2022, to address the non-availability of the Class 108 dmu, which was damaged in a shunt in March 2022. Seen arriving at the platform at Stanhope to form the service to Bishop Auckland.

142078 awaiting departure from Stanhope.

The stunning view looking east down the River Wear from Witton Viaduct.

The former Wolsingham Ironworks location is used as the traction maintenance facility for the Weardale Railway and RMS Locotec. Class 108 DTCL 56274 has been the partner of donor coach 51572, being used to repair 52054.

142078 preparing to depart from Wolsingham for Stanhope.

Section of NER Tile Map showing the Weardale route, then a branch through to Wearhead, latterly only serving Eastgate Cement Works, until 1993, often with Class 37 hauled rakes of PCA wagons.

Weardale Railway
The Auckland Project