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News release - Issued by Wensleydale Railway

School children experience heritage costumed education programme at Wensleydale Railway’s Scruton Station and Village

The Wensleydale Railway has researched and developed a programme of school visits for Key Skills Two and invited children from 10 local primary schools to visit Scruton Station and village during June and July.

The school children arrive by vintage train, where they're met by a team of volunteers in period costume, each of whom are based on real individuals from the village and locality 100 years ago.

The visits include interactive play about life on a country station 100 years ago during the First World War and then children take part in a series of six interactive activities, which explore different aspects of the railways from weighing parcels on a set of original scales to working out timetables, writing period postcards and investigating railway artefacts. This all happens against the backdrop of the restored Victorian station, set-dressed, as it would have looked in 1916.

“After months of research and planning we are delighted to now be delivering the programme at Scruton and after delivering four of the 10 sessions to date, there has been an excellent reaction from the children and both teachers and parents are pleased with the outcomes. Six more schools are coming to the site on Tuesday and Thursdays until the end of school term in July.” comments, Virginia Arrowsmith, coordinator of the project for the Wensleydale Railway.

With a grant of just under £40k from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the initiative contributes to the Wensleydale Railway’s community role and follows the recent National Railway Heritage Award for Scruton Station’s restoration.


For further information please contact; Virginia Arrowsmith,

Email:, Tel: 07914 347892


Nigel Park, general manager, Wensleydale Railway, Leeming Bar Station, Leases Lane, Leeming Bar, Northallerton, North Yorkshire DL7 9AR Tel: 01677 425805

Notes for Editors: The Wensleydale Railway line now serves Northallerton West, Leeming Bar, Bedale, Finghall Lane, Leyburn and Redmire, a distance of 22 miles.