The Wensleydale Railway welcomed participants of a Classic Vehicle Run, fundraising for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance, and to remember Heather Dobson, who passed away a decade ago.
Opening its doors for the first time in months on Saturday, May 1st, the Heritage Line got to show visitors around the changes made in the last year, including revamp work with finance provided thanks to the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
The Wensleydale Railway Association Trust Heritage Team were on hand taking people around the behind the scenes areas on the Railway.
In memory of Heather Dobson, her son Andrew and his partner Kay planned the day to also raise funds for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.
A vital service, especially in rural and hard-to-access areas on the ground, Yorkshire Air Ambulance helps saves many lives each year by providing a swift response and transit to nearby hospitals and media centres.
Many rare and classic vehicles attended the run, including:
- UK’s oldest operational Bedford’s
- Cliff Allison’s, ex-GP driver, 1959 Mk I Jaguar
For more information or to support the Wensleydale Railway, please visit their website here.
Wensleydale Railway PLC Chairman Guy Loveridge said: “It was great to see people coming in and enjoying the station facilities again, and making use of them as a heritage asset. We made sure Covid compliance rules were strictly observed and enforced. Everyone enjoyed a cracking hour and a half with the fund-raising enthusiasts!”
Co-organiser Kay Whittaker said: “We were extremely happy with how the Wensleydale Railway made us welcome. Everyone is keen to return and help out any time the railway needs vintage vehicles!”
Guy Loveridge said: “This was the first group of enthusiasts to accept our offer to classic vehicle clubs. This which shows Wensleydale Railway is almost back and ready for business. But as we come out of the pandemic, we would love to see more clubs visiting the railway and we will make them very welcome.”
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