Weardale getting readyfor the Christmas rush

THE Weardale Railway is again running the ‘Train to Christmas Town’ this year.

An e.c.s. train was run on November 14 to move the Class 31s and coaching stock from Wolsingham depot to Stanhope. This comprised Nos. 31190 and 31459, 10 Mk2 coaches and No. 31465 on the rear.

The train is seen with No. 31190 at the head, newly repainted in BR experimental golden ochre livery, as carried by No. D5579 (painted ‘bronze gold’, as it was then described, at Doncaster in 1960), and latterly by No. D5830 in preservation at the Great Central Railway.

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Christmas trains started on November 24 and run on selected dates through to December 23.
The starting point for all such trains is Stanhope, with from two to five trains per day.

Further information and details at: www.traintochristmastown.com. Picture: JOHN ASKWITH

Read more News and Features in the December issue of The RM – on sale now!

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