The Weardale Railway (WR) heritage service began on March 23 and runs through to November 3.
Trains run from the junction with Network Rail at Bishop Auckland station. The 15½-mile County Durham line rises 320ft along its length with a maximum gradient of 1-95. The annual diesel gala is on April 12-14 and features five members of the BARS-owned Class 31 fleet, and maybe a couple of surprises as well.
No. 31190 makes its first gala appearance in its golden ochre livery and will be supported by Network Rail-yellow No. 31465 and blue-liveried pair Nos. 31106 and 31459.