Wensleydale Railway wins award for Scruton Station work

The completed platform at Scruton Station.

Wensleydale Railway has won an award for the sympathetic extension to the existing platform at Scruton station to make it compatible with the preserved railway service.

The London Underground Operational Enhancement award was made at the National Railway Heritage Awards, an annual celebration of the best of UK heritage railway restoration.

This is the third year in a row that the line has won recognition for the excellence of its work, winning a blue plaque in 2015 for Scruton Station restoration, in 2016 the crossing gates at Scruton and now the service platform at Scruton Station – again a blue plaque for best in class.

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David Walker, volunteer and Wensleydale Railway board member, said: “Visitors to Scruton Station will be able to see the new blue plaque on the awards wall.  The station is currently opened only for special events – watch the Wensleydale Railway website for detail.  Regular trains services will start once the level crossing and track improvements between Ham Hall and Leeming Bar are completed. ” 

The platform has been built to a North Eastern Railway design, commonly seen over its system in the North of England, but this is the only example now of its kind.

The platform was built by contractor David Harrison assisted by the Direct Works Team.

It cost just over £34,000 to build and can receive 3 coach trains.  Funding was provided by Scruton Parish Council who secured a Yoreventure grant of £22,280, the balance was provided by the WRA(T) and included a volunteer time contribution of £5,250.  The platform was completed in six months.