The railway enthusiast who saved the Harry Potter films Hogwarts Express from a scrapyard has had his plan to re-lay track at a defunct station to shunt diesel and steam locomotives mainly for his private enjoyment approved. The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority has approved David Smiths scheme despite concerns over its impact on the tranquillity of the national park, the wildlife of a nature reserve and visitors to the Aysgarth Falls tourism hotspot. The authority's planning committee heard the project to recreate the atmosphere of a country station at Aysgarth represented the best chance of reinstating the Wensleydale Railway from Northallerton to Garsdale, starting with the stretch from Redmire to Aysgarth. Mr Smith runs West Coast Railways, Britain's largest operator of heritage steam trains.
Darlington and Stockton Times
THE railway enthusiast who saved the Harry Potter films Hogwarts Express from a scrapyard has had his plan to re-lay track at a defunct station