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Museum celebrates railway re-opening

Wednesday 09 July 2003

THE Yorkshire Dales Museum at Hawes is showing a special exhibition to celebrate the re-opening the Wensleydale railway to passenger traffic some 40 years after it fell under the Dr Beeching axe.

The line, from Leeming to Leyburn, has been brought back into use after years of hard work by un-paid volunteers and is expected to become a major tourist attraction in the north eastern Dales.

But that might not be the end of the story. Organisers have long-term hopes that it will eventually be extended across the country to the west, so that it can link with the Settle-Carlisle line to become part of a circular tour around the whole of the national park.

In this, the Dales museum has a special interest because it is based on the old railway station at Hawes, which one day might be brought back to working life.

The exhibition runs until July16 July. The museum is open daily and entry to the exhibition is free.


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