Monday, January 10, 2005

Sustainable Tidbits from England #1 Wensleydale Railway


At end station high up in dales

Wensleydale Railway plc is not only one of Britain’s newest train operating companies but also the only one run entirely by members of the local community. Locals assembled volunteers, started the company and raised more than £1M.

The service runs 7 days a week and provides a lifeline for locals and an environmentally prudent way into the Dales for tourists.

“We’re not trying to do anything that’s not been done before but we’re trying to pick the best examples of what we’ve found overseas and implement them here.” says chief executive Scott Handley.

AVBP comments: it just shows you the power of community action, the value of using old infrastructure (the railway started mid 19th century) and existing knowledge.

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