Welcome to the South Tynedale Railway…
Enjoy a scenic ride through the beautiful South Tyne valley from Alston station. Travel to Kirkhaugh, Lintley Halt and back on one of our trains hauled by vintage steam,battery electric or diesel locomotives through lovely Pennine scenery. Catch sight of deer, look out for soaring birds of prey, you may even glimpse a red squirrel. Your journey to Alston, which lies at the crossroads of five routes, takes you through the stunning landscape of the North Pennines Area of Natural Beauty (AONB). Once there you can sample our café menu, wander beside the river Tyne for a gentle stroll (or a rigorous hike) visit the Discovery Centre or the old Railway Shop or simply sit back in a vintage coach to be taken gently along the valley on the north of England’s highest narrow gauge railway.
Why not cycle one way to explore the South Tyne Trail and catch the train back? Cyclists, walkers and dogs are all welcome! There is free car and coach parking right next to the railway platform and you are also just minutes from Alston town centre.
The South Tynedale Railway Preservation Society became a registered charity in 1983, but has its roots in a group formed in 1973 with the intention of purchasing and preserving the entire standard gauge railway. When funds could not be raised in time a decision was made to build a narrow gauge line along the old track bed using redundant mining equipment, with the aim of once again linking Alston with Haltwhistle by rail.
A 3 year, £5.6 million development project which included a £4.2 million Heritage Lottery Fund grant is now almost complete and marks the start of the next chapter in the history of the South Tynedale Railway and this historic line. Major repairs and renovations to the station buildings at Alston and much more besides are now complete. With a brand new cafe, new toilets, second platform, Discovery Centre and viewing gallery in our engineering shed there is lots to see and do.
Come and join us, see how much has changed and take a leisurely ride through the glorious scenery of the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty!
Tickets and Fares
During school holidays we operate seven days a week.
We operate two simple pricing structures to help you choose the best value ticket for your time with us.
Please note that all tickets are DONATION TICKETS which allow us to claim Gift Aid. Please say if you would prefer an alternative ticket.
Our Santa Special trains run in December.
South Tynedale Railway is generally accessible to all of our visitors regardless of ability. Most buildings are level access. There are ramps to platforms and to the ticket office and shop and we haul an accessible carriage on every journey. Dogs are welcome across our site.
The Crossing Café is situated on platform 1 and has a delicious menu of seasonally inspired food and a range of hot and cold drinks. Whether you’re after a quick snack, a delicious main meal or an afternoon tea there’s something here to tempt you. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten free choices are always available. The cafe is open seven days a week throughout the year.
My how this lovely railway has come on. Used to go in the late 80s and it’s now been developed into a much longer (soon longer still) journey into the unspoiled South Tynedale valley. The station at Alston has just been redeveloped and it’s lovely. Staff very friendly and welcoming. We’ll definitely be back.6
Reviewed 30th May 2017
Our first visit to the South Tyndale Railway earlier in May was very enjoyable. The trip to the current end of the line and back takes about an hour and goes through some beautiful scenery. The staff in the shop, on the train and in the signal box were all very welcoming and very keen to explain all the developments that are currently going on. There is also a relatively new museum on site which was informative and the real train buffs can also access a viewing platform into the new train workshop! We also walked into Alston and then came back for a second trip on the train which was better than the first as the sun came out! We’ll certainly come back when the line extension and building works are finished.
Reviewed 30th May 2017