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Wensleydale Railway

For a heritage line, the Wensleydale Railway has had a unique history. The original route known as the Wensleydale Railway ran between Northallerton and Garsdale, and opened in stages from 1848 to 1878. The majority of the track belonged to the North Eastern Railway, whilst the Midland Railway owned the section from Hawes to Garsdale.

Both parts of the line operated successfully for many years, but services did begin to dwindle following the Second World War. But, unusually in the history of railways in Britain, both parts of the track were closed before the Beeching report. The North Eastern section stopped passenger services in 1954, and the Midland part was closed completely in 1959. Although the Midland part of the track and the North Eastern branch west of Redmire was lifted, over half of the railway remained open. This was to service the quarry near Redmire, and freight trains continued until 1992.

People wanting passenger services to be reinstated on the line had formed the Wensleydale Railway Association in 1990, and when British Rail put the railway up for sale two years later they decided to act. Making the railway safe for passenger travel took longer than expected, but trains commenced between Leyburn and Leeming Bar in July 2003. Services were extended to Redmire in 2004, and the line has been a scenic tourist attraction and a vital passenger route for locals ever since.

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The Yorkshire Dales

Discover the beauty of the famous Yorkshire Dales, from its medieval ruins to its picturesque market towns and idyllic heritage railways. You can also admire Harrogate's stunning RHS Garden Harlow Carr.

Departs from May 2017 to October 2017.
5 days from £395per personView tour details
A Flavour of Yorkshire at Christmas

From our base in the spa town of Harrogate, enjoy the festive spirit of beautiful Yorkshire. Our holiday takes us to famous monuments, vintage railways and the magnificent city of York.

Departs in December 2016.
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