As the train leaves Leeming Bar station our sidings containing renovation projects can be seen on the left, before passing under the new A1 bridge. Shortly after the A1 bridge the train crosses the A684 road at Aiskew crossing. Our new LED based crossing lights can be seen and heard, letting the traffic know here is a train passing.
As the train approaches Bedale station on the left can be seen Bedale beck in the valley and the ‘Big Sheep & Little Cow’ attraction. Bedale station itself has a rockery on the right hand side that in typical railway fashion spells out the name of the station.
On departure from Bedale the train crosses the A684 again, but this time by our restored level crossing controlled from the Signal Box, with fully working semaphore signals. After the crossing on the right is our Permanent Way depot, and on the left our engineers sidings, normally with some of our engineers wagons in residence.
After passing under the Bedale Bypass bridge we leave Bedale and head out into open country, with fields and woods on either side of the train. Crakehall Station is passed on the left, with some old railway vans used in the lovely gardens. There is also a crossing here that is manually operated by one of our crossing keepers.
The next village we pass is Newton-le-Willows, and in the summer its not unusual to see a game of Cricket taking place on the pitch on the left. As we start to climb away from Newton-le-Willows there are some spectacular views out of the right of the train, with the valley leading back to the Vale of Mowbray and giving views of the North York Moors and Cleveland hills beyond.
The train then passes over Akebar embankment, which is where a land slip a few years ago caused the railway to be closed for several months. At Akebar you can also see golfers at Wensleydale Golf club on the right.
Another crossing is passed as we leave Finghall Lane, this is the road that leads up to Finghall village, and on the right there are some great views across the valley towards Akebar and Constable Burton. Pheasants are frequently seen in this area as there are a number of farms that breed them.
We soon enter Croft wood, as within it Constable Burton loop. On busy days when we run more than one train then this loop is used to pass the trains, so if you stop in the woods look out for a train coming the other way. As you emerge from the woods, on the left are a number of man made duck ponds, and during the summer there will be hundreds of ducks enjoying the water.
On the left look out for the views across Wensleydale and to Middleham and its castle, you will also see Spennithorne station, which has been expertly renovated as a private dwelling. Before arrival in Leyburn the caravan park on the right has been built in a small quarry, incorporating some original lime kilns, and on the left is the famous Tennants auctioneers.
There is much going on at Leyburn at the moment, so look out for the new loop line, which will enhance the flexibility of the railway, the new water tower, and shortly the footbridge,platform and signal box.
On departure from Leyburn the line runs under a substantial road bridge before entering a deep cutting. But on exiting the cutting the nature of the landscape changes dramatically. Leyburn is sited on a hill that divides Wensleydale from the minor valley of Bedale beck that we have followed since Bedale. From now on we are in classic Dales scenery.
The views to the left start to show Pen Hill and the Gallops above Middleham, while to the right we see the ridge that carries Leyburn Shawl and numerous quarries.Shortly after leaving the cutting the area of old sidings can be seen on the right, which used to load stone from the quarries, there was an inclined railway coming down from the shawl.
As we approach Wensley, on the right can be seen the spoil heaps from the smelt mill and mine at Keld Heads. You can also see the old smelt mill chimney peering through the trees. After another of our road crossings we pass through Wensely station,and then on the right can be seen the lovely village of Preston-Under-Scar, nestling at the base of Preston Scar.
The line now starts to drop down Redmire bank, with superb views of Pen Hill on the left, and glimpses of Bolton Castle dead ahead. Before arrival in Redmire look out for the chalets of the Jonas Centre on the left and just over the road bridge the old redmire dairy.
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