Along with other businesses responding to the global coronavirus public health crisis, the Railway has decided to close until further notice. It is a difficult time for everyone, and people’s personal health is the most important issue.
The closure comes just before the start of the Railway's busier period, and has curtailed our ambitious Dales Dining and events programme.
The biggest source of income for the Railway is general fares from the visiting public, so the closure has severely affected our finances. We were closed in any case during January and so only have the fares money from some wet weekends in February and a couple of weekends in March.
In recent years we have grown the charities activities, taken on additional staff and invested heavily in overhauling our historic carriages. This recent progress is now under threat and so, along with many other heritage railways, we have decided to launch an appeal for donations in the hope that anyone who wishes to continue to support the Railway can do so even if they can no longer visit. No-one knows how long the closure will last, so the more money the appeal raises, the better position we will be in when we eventually re-open.
Whilst we recognise, of course, that many may be giving extra to those support services and charities that need more help, we hope everyone understands why we have launched the appeal.
We wish all our staff, volunteers and visitors our best wishes during this exceptionally difficult period. Please stay safe and keep well.
**Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update**
In light of the current government advice, we have made the difficult decision to postpone services during March, and most likely postponements during April will take place too.
Please rest assured that like many businesses across the UK, we’re closely monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and are following UK Government guidelines, and while there have been no reported cases at the railway, the wellbeing of our visitors, staff and volunteers is our absolute priority.
We are currently making adjustments to our events programme and changes to these will be announced individually.
We will of course post any updates or changes to these plans across our communication channels, and on our website – ebar.org.uk – as the situation evolves.
As a registered charity we would strongly recommend that if you have a pre-booked ticket you move your booking to later in the 2020 season where possible, or we can refund your booking by Gift Card to use later.
When contacting our Customer Service Team, please quote your booking reference. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For further information: ebar.org.uk/coronavirus
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