Weardale Railway's Community Service Axed

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Weardale Railway's Community Service Axed

Postby DMShell » 31 Dec 2011 12:33

http://www.weardale-railway.org.uk/ wrote:Weardale Railway announced today that it is redesigning the passenger service between Stanhope and Bishop Auckland that it has operated since May, 2010.
Ed Ellis, president of Weardale Railway, said that “Our surveys of passengers have clearly shown that passenger interest is overwhelmingly in a heritage-type service for leisure travellers – a service which Weardale Railway is particularly well positioned to provide, given our heritage which dates back to the Stockton & Darlington Railway, the first railway in the world. Very few passengers over the past 19 months of service have used the service for commuting.
“Accordingly, we plan to expand and improve our heritage railway services catering specifically to the leisure and heritage market, utilizing vintage locomotives – both steam and diesel - and heritage carriages.
“In addition, we are in the process of making a series of facility improvements, including a new platform at Bishop Auckland, improved access to connecting trains at Northern Rail’s Bishop Auckland station, a new track loop, and upgrades to the Stanhope station that will improve our passengers’ experience.
“We will be announcing details of these improved heritage services over the next several months. In the meantime, 31 December will be the current community service schedule’s last day of operation.”
Ellis went on to say that the company will consider reinstating the community service schedule if a particular need is identified, and if financial support for a renewed service is available.
A majority interest in the Weardale Railway was acquired by British American Railway Services in 2008, and the company reopened the line to Bishop Auckland (and the connection to the national network) in 2010. Scheduled passenger service between Stanhope and Bishop Auckland began in May, 2010. Freight service, utilizing a new coal transload terminal at Wolsingham, began this year.
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Re: Weardale Railway's Community Service Axed

Postby 37263 » 01 Feb 2012 16:41

I think this would be the best idea for the Dartmoor also, that place has massive potential but needs a bit of financial input from BARS etc to make it more attractive to both the General public and loco owning groups alike.

The length of line is there but it really needs to obtain rights to run to Yeoford or to build a new staion at Coleford Jcn, put in a passing loop at Sampford Courtney, it requires Bow and North Tawton stations reopening plus the facilities at Meldon for the storage and overhaul of stock and loco's out of the Dartmoor weather.

It has the makings of one fantastic heritage line !! :P
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