The last DalesRail ran on Sunday 8th September after a very successful season. Over 2000 people have joined the train with many taking part in a guided walk provided by the volunteer Lancashire Rail Ramblers.
Heading up to Countersett, Wensleydale with Craig Ward
Over 75 guided walks were advertised with some starting points reached by one of the dedicated coach links. A trolley service of drinks and light refreshments was provided by the Settle Carlisle Development Company added a new dimension to travel on the train.
Coach to Wensleydale at Ribblehead – Craig Ward
Richard Watts, Chair of Community Rail Lancashire commented
This has been a great year for DalesRail after the problems faced in 2018. It has been fantastic to see so many people taking part in the extensive guided walk programme or just taking themselves off into the great Dales and Eden Valley countryside. Plans are already in hand to make 2020 even better so keep an eye on www.dalesrail.com for previews of what is to come and if you can’t wait why not watch the DalesRail taster on YouTube or by clicking here: https://www.communityraillancashire.co.uk/lines/dalesrail/ (or see at the bottom of this article), to wet the appetite to put on the walking shoes. CRL thanks Northern for making sure the trains ran, for the train crew who really enter into the spirit of this special service, the Lancashire Rail Ramblers who devote so much voluntary time to planning and leading the programme and to the Settle Carlisle Development Company for the trolley service. See you next year!”
In Wensleydale – Craig Ward
Craig Ward, Chair of the Lancashire rail Ramblers added:
‘After two years of disruption it was pleasing to have DalesRail back on track, running reliably, encouraging our regulars to return and also attracting new passengers. The guided walks and connecting coach programme were much appreciated and well supported. Hopefully, we can build on this success in 2020 especially if an earlier departure from Carlisle in the evening could be arranged as this would be welcome by our regulars and would certainly attract potential new passengers’
Ascending Wether Fell, Wensleydale – Craig Ward-
Crossing Wether Fell, Wensleydale – Craig Ward
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Accrington Railway Station