Easter Weekend brought the start of operations onto the Weardale Railway in 2012, with Heritage services running as far as Bishop Auckland.
The service has been quite reliable and operated well, helped by the assistance of class 31, No. 31601 provided by British American Rail services, the parent company. Erstwhile No. 40 (of Ashington NCB industrial heritage) has become the adopted Weardale token kettle steam engine, and to be fair has performed well, with fair haulage and power seen.
The line should be congratulated on the ability to now run over the whole section from Bishop Auckland to Stanhope with reliability and hopes turn to the line expanding upon this operation further.
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