Drive a locomotive for £10 at the Wensleydale Railway Bank Holiday event

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THE Wensleydale Railway will hold its first major event since before the pandemic over the May bank holiday weekend, a model railway festival.

The show will take place in the normally off-limits engine shed at Leeming Bar and will include a range of layouts from N gauge to G scale displayed alongside standard gauge locomotives including the recently ex Tyne Wear loco WL 4 repainted and a partially rebuilt steam locomotive.

Monday May 2 also marks the grand opening of the restored Leeming Bar Station House, which will see music and events taking place in the station and on the platform throughout the day. Tours and activities for children will also be available.

There will be plenty to do on the station site, including in the parking lot where a steam traction engine will be on display alongside a five-and-a-quarter gauge steam railway with 145 feet of track laid out for rides. Visitors will also have the opportunity to drive an 03 locomotive for just £10 each way.

Trains will run throughout the weekend between Scruton and Leyburn with day rovers also available. At Scruton, people can not only step back in time and experience the award-winning station, but also see visiting birds of prey from the York Birds of Prey Centre, which will be based at the station over the three-day weekend.

The event will take place from Saturday 30 April to Monday 2 May between 10.30am and 4.30pm, with tickets available for purchase at www.wensleydale-railway.co.uk or on the day. Show tickets can be purchased separately, or combined show and train tickets are available.

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