The Rio Grande polished and ready to welcome passengers to our 2022 open days
The train approaching the tunnel, through the area where trees were felled by the winter storms
The rhododendrons were just coming into flower on our May open day
Teesdale’s own ‘bluebell railway’
A good display of flowers on the engine shed curve on our May open day
The Rio’s driver waits for the guard to brief passengers before setting off
Train rides and a drink from the Barista Sisters’ coffee wagon – the recipe for a fun afternoon out!
The rhododendrons were still putting on a good display for our June open day
While most visitors arrive by car, others come by bike or on foot. On our June open day some arrived by miniature steam traction engine!
…and on our July open day one visitor came in his 1940s Jeep!
For our August open day we were joined by some splendid looking vintage cars. What will September bring?!
The Rio Grande and freshly-painted carriages parked at the station ready for the first passengers to arrive
For our September open day we had a special guest appearance by “Wendy” the original Whorlton Lido Railway diesel loco. Here Wendy is being towed around the line by works loco Bessie. We hope to start assessing what needs doing to restore Wendy at some point soon.
Token exchange at the station, as the Rio passenger train passes and the driver of Bessie towing Wendy awaits the token and permission to enter the pond loop section
We rounded off the 2022 season with our Heritage Open Day, where we showed displays and ran behind-the-scenes tours to look at some of the work the volunteers have been doing to restore the railway.
The first Heritage Open Day behind-the-scenes rail tour leaving the station