‘J27’ to visit Wensleydale this summer

Steam-hauled services will return to the Wensleydale Railway this summer as ‘J27’ No. 65894 is booked to visit.

 Destined for the Wensleydale Railway this summer, freshly overhauled ‘J27’ No. 65894 undergoes running-in trials on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway on May 10. THOMAS BRIGHT/SR

Destined for the Wensleydale Railway this summer, freshly overhauled ‘J27’ No. 65894 undergoes running-in trials on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway on May 10. THOMAS BRIGHT/SR

Although normally based at the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, the North Eastern Locomotive Preservation Group-owned engine is restricted to five-coach trains on the Pickering-Grosmont line owing to the railway’s difficult gradients, and is usually confined to the shoulders of the NYMR’s main running season.

The Worsdell 0-6-0 will therefore be based at Wensleydale for the high season, and follows in the footsteps of NELPG’s ‘J72’ 0-6-0T No. 69023, which has operated at the WR on numerous occasions.

A WR spokesman said: “We are pleased to welcome No. 65894 to the Wensleydale Railway for the summer. She is a locomotive very suited to the railway, with both the power we need to haul the trains and the coal and water capacity to allow us to run two trains per day.”

More steam is expected at the Wensleydale Railway for its Leyburn 1940s Weekend on July 21/22, in the shape of one of West Coast Railways’ main line-registered locomotives – although the identity of the visiting locomotive is not yet confirmed.

The locomotive will also be bringing a BR Mk 1 Second Corridor – formerly used as part of the ‘Hogwarts Express’ – to strengthen the line’s passenger-carrying rolling stock.

For more information, visit www.wensleydalerail.com