A ride on the Weardale Railway is a magical experience for children and adults alike.
The seasonal passenger services, operated by the Weardale Railway Trust, transport passengers between the historic market towns of Wolsingham and Stanhope. The 6-mile journey offers views of Weardale, an area of outstanding natural beauty.
The railway is part of the Stockton to Darlington line, (famous for having the first passenger rail service in the world) which will celebrate its 200th anniversary in 2025. In years past, the railway dominated a large part of Bishop Auckland and served as a testament to the importance of the town on the wider area and indeed, the country as a whole.
The seasonal passenger services are operated using heritage 1960s diesel multiple units which provide excellent views of the outstanding Dales scenery and the multiple river crossings. There are plans to reintroduce steam hauled services in the future using a locomotive owned by the Weardale Railway Trust, which is currently undergoing extensive restoration.
Embark on the 6-mile journey from Stanhope to Wolsingham, with stops at Frosterley and Kingfisher along the route. They currently offer three Saturday services leaving Stanhope Station at 11am, 1pm and 3pm, with the return trips leaving Wolsingham Station at 11.30am, 1.30pm and 3.30pm. Please check website for latest times, prices and to book tickets.
Each winter Stanhope station is also transformed into ‘Santahope’, the starting point for Weardale Railway’s popular Christmas train services. Families can enjoy a return train journey to Wolsingham with the opportunity to meet Santa and his elves along the way!
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