WENSLEYDALE Railway shareholders have backed a controversial plan to sell off its westernmost station in order to clear debts.
At the company’s annual general meeting held in Leyburn Methodist church hall on Saturday, September 9, shareholders voted in favour of selling off the currently isolated Aysgarth station, which is yet to be connected to the operational heritage railway.
The revivalists, whose long-term aim is to restore the entire trans-Pennine route to Garsdale, linking the East and West Coast Main Lines again, have always seen Aysgarth as a major medium-term goal, as it served the beauty spot of Aysgarth Falls.
Although it has not yet been connected to the railway’s current western terminus of Redmire, track has been laid at Aysgarth, where two industrial diesels and a Mk.1 coach are kept.
Railway heritage site
The railway was approached by a still-unnamed supporter – described only as a “wealthy railway focused individual” – who wants to buy the station for £400,000 (near the valuation figure) and develop it as a railway heritage site, eventually linking it to Redmire.
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