Bishop Auckland Railway Station
National Rail Travel Centre
Ticket Sales Line: 01388-661394
Monday - Saturday 09:00-12:15 & 12:45-16:00
Gala Rover Ticket Prices BUY IN ADVANCE - SEE BELOW
1 Day Rover
Adult £25 / Senior £20 / Child £15 / Family £70
2 Day Rover
Adult £45 / Senior £35 / Child £25 / Family £110
3 Day Rover
Adult £60 / Senior £50 / Child £35 / Family £150
Single & Return tickets will also be available on the day from Bishop Trains Ticket Office and also on the train.
Special gala weekend timetables will be available here soon...
Friday April 12 to Sunday April 14 will see the Weardale Railway hold its annual diesel gala, featuring five members of the BARS fleet and maybe a couple of surprises as well!
31190 will be making its first gala appearance in its new Golden Ochre livery and will be supported by Network Rail yellow 31465 and blue-liveried pair 31106 and 31459. Also appearing for the final time at Weardale will be 31285, which is due to be transferred to sister site, the Dartmoor Railway, shortly afterwards. This loco has not seen passenger traffic since the last diesel event a year ago.
The event will feature two x five coach sets of Mk2 stock, all of which will be in Inter-City livery for the first time. All trains will run from Bishop Auckland to Stanhope and will pass at Scotch Isle, near Wolsingham, which is currently being revised to full passing loop status. Locos will be changed at Bishop Auckland and Stanhope at the end of each journey this year.
Further interesting workings may take place subject to availability, with at least one 08 being possible from the RMS fleet, subject to a satisfactory locomotive being made available at the time of the gala. This will be confirmed nearer the date.
Visitors will be able to park at Wolsingham and Stanhope stations, and there are connections to Northern services at Bishop Auckland station. Parking is also available at Bishop Auckland main station and in the town.
Local businesses are supporting the event, which is taking place on the same days as the Bishop Auckland food festival. The Black Bull Inn adjacent to Frosterley Station will be putting on a mini beer festival featuring ales from the Allendale, Wylam, Five Bridges, Tyneside, Blaydon and Consett micro-breweries while the Caps Off bottle shop at Bishop Auckland station will have real ale available.
The railway’s own well-received Number 40 café at Stanhope station will be open from 0730 each day for breakfast and will continue to serve home-cooked food all day. A unique scheme will enable on-train ordering while on-route to Stanhope with fast pick-up at the journey’s end, so that customers do not have to miss any mileage throughout the day.
Tickets for the newly-expanded three-day event will be available from Bishop Trains at Bishop Auckland station in advance or from Stanhope or Bishop Auckland stations on the event days. Those joining at intermediate stations may purchase tickets on the train. One, two and three day rovers will be available as will senior and child tickets.
The Weardale Railway in County Durham is a 15.5 mile branch line, commencing from the junction with Network Rail at Bishop Auckland station which rises 320 feet along its length with a maximum gradient of 1:95.
Terms & Conditions
Tickets are non-refundable within 10 days of date of travel, changes may be made subject to availability.
All refunds and changes are subject to a £5 administration fee.
Tickets are only valid on the time & date of service indicated on the ticket.
Whilst every effort is made to maintain advertised services, Weardale Railway CIC reserves the right to cancel, alter or suspend any train without notice and accepts no liability for loss, inconvenience or delay thereby caused.
Purchase of a ticket constitutes acceptence of these terms and conditions.
Tickets purchased in advance, either online, or by phone will be posted to the buyer (if time allows), alternatively, tickets can be collected from the station ticket office at Bishop Auckland or Stanhope on the day of travel.
Tickets will also be on sale on the day at Bishop Auckland and Stanhope stations and from the ticket inspector on the train if joining at an unstaffed station.
Make your ticket selections below, once selected the ticket type will appear in the secure Paypal basket where you can increase the number of tickets required and also select "continue shopping" to return to this page and add addtional ticket types.
Please ensure you select tickets with the correct date of travel.
Child discount applies to passengers aged 5-15 inclusive
Senior discount applies to passengers aged 60+
Family ticket is for 2 adults and up to 3 children (aged 5-15)
How to find the Weardale Railway platform in Bishop Auckland - click on the map below to expand