Wensleydale Railway isn't a commuter line - it's used by visitors who welcome the chance for a little pootle, looking out at the surrounding countryside. Early Spring is a good time to travel as you can see more before the trees and vegetation cover some of the views. The line is now mainly a heritage diesel line but they also put on steam services on selected weekends and for special events.
There's much excitement at the moment about the advent of the Tornado (LNER Peppercorn Class A1 60163 Tornado for those who like to be precise about such things) hauling a passenger service in February. I think this is a newly built version of a series of engines originally built in the 1940s but scrapped in the 1960s when diesel trains became more popular. Tornado will haul one train on the 15th of February, 2 Trains on the 16th and and on the 17th February. They expect high demand so early booking is strongly encouraged. If you miss out on this event, look out for their other specials such as the gin train!