The Wensleydale Railway
is a railway line in Wensleydale
and Lower Swaledale
in North Yorkshire
and the name of the company (Wensleydale Railway plc
) that operates services on the line.
The line currently runs between on the East Coast Main Line
and . This makes the line the longest heritage railway in Great Britain
. Occasional freight services and excursions travel the full length of the line, however regular passenger services currently only operate between and Redmire, a distance of .
Formerly the line ran from Northallerton to on the Settle-Carlisle Railway
. However the track between Redmire and Garsdale was lifted and several bridges and viaducts were demolished in the past. However it would be such a huge project reinstating the whole section between Redmire and Garsdale this would require reconstructing the bridges along the way.
There are plans to provide regular services between Leeming Bar and Northallerton and between Redmire and Garsdale (40 miles Garsdale to Northallerton) (though the latter would require much restoration and is likely to be done in stages). This would recreate of track between Northallerton and Garsdale and make it the largest private railway in Europe.
The original line between Northallerton and Garsdale was opened in stages: Northallerton to Leeming Bar (in 1848); Leeming Bar to (in 1855); Bedale to (in 1855 for freight traffic and in 1856 for passenger traffic); Leyburn to Askrigg
(in 1877); Askrigg to......