The Weardale Railway is a relative newcomer to the heritage scene, but has expanded quickly. The first trains ran in 2004 utilising a recently preserved Class 141 unit. The railway runs 18 miles between Bishop Auckland and Stanhope.
The railway also had a Class 117 3-car set in store for Dorset County Council, but this was later moved on having never operated.
In 2010 and 2011 the railway trialled a community service using its Class 141 and a second set of the same class hired in. However this was later discontinued, with the line returning to a more heritage focus and the second Class 141 returned.
In 2012, operational first generation stock debuted on the line in the form of a Class 122, but this was shortlived with the vehicle moving on the following year.
The original Class 141 based on the line remains in service on the line.
|55503 Class 141 DMS|
|55510 Class 141 DMS|
|55523 Class 141 DMSL|