A NEW rail platform has opened this weekend that has re-established a long-lost rail connection between Northallerton and the Yorkshire Dales.
The new temporary platform at Northallerton West was created as part of a £ 51,000 project to link the town with the Wensleydale Railway.
The official opening ceremony took place on the platform on Saturday (November 22), before the first train carried members of the public and invited guests on an inaugural train journey to the valleys.
The new stop means passengers and visitors can now travel 22 miles between Northallerton and Redmire to the Yorkshire Dales and restore a service that has been missing for more than 60 years, since the Wensleydale Railroad lost passenger service in 1954. .
The new Northallerton West platform is approximately a mile or 15 minute walk from Northallerton Main Station and also creates a new link to East Coast Main Line services for passengers.
The Wensleydale Railway Association (WRA) hopes the platform will bring it one step closer to achieving a permanent station near Northallerton main station.
They have also opened Scruton Station as an intermediate stop between Northallerton and Leeming Bar. It was closed to the public on April 26, 1954 and reopened on the anniversary of its closure that year, having returned to its 60-year-old appearance. Even the original painting of the time was meticulously reproduced.
The railway is run mainly by volunteers and has increased the cost of creating Northallerton’s own link, greatly helped by a £ 40,000 grant from the Hambleton District Council to the Wensleydale Railway project.