Rail services return to Witton-le-Wear

Weardale Railway
Weardale Heritage Railway operated the first service to Witton-le-Wear in 50 years.
Published Wed, 2016-03-30 11:10

Weardale Heritage Railway ran its first services to Witton-le-Wear on Easter Sunday.




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It was the first time trains stopped in the small Durham village in 50 years, after the heritage line decided to extend services beyond Wolsingham on select Sundays throughout the summer.

The railway operates from Stanhope, to Frosterley, Wolsingham and Witton-le-Wear, before returning to Stanhope via the same route.

The project is a joint venture from WHRS and Witton-le-Wear Parish Council, with both parties splitting the costs of replacing the station platform.

Volunteers spruced up the platforms for the launch with banners and bunting to welcome the first service, which arrived on time at 11.15am.

WHRS volunteer John Hill manned the crossing at Witton-le-Wear throughout the day and told the Northern Echo the project was “well supported”.

“Everybody has been very enthusiastic and we have had a lot of comments saying how good it was.

“I think local people feel like they are being thought of at last and this is something that they want. It’s magnificent.”

The WHRS will run services to Witton-le-Wear roughly every fortnight throughout the season.

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