Lovely place, great value, excellent service. Hope this attraction keeps going in tough economic times.
Kob737 April 2018
Enjoy a scenic ride through the beautiful South Tyne valley from Alston station. Travel to Slaggyford 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 ticket office and 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.
Come and join us at our award winning railway, 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.
We run special events, workshops and courses throughout the year and don’t forget to book for our ever popular Santa Special trains.
walked from Nenthead to Alston to have a pootle on the little railway whilst on holiday, the train is amazing and the views you see are fantastic. well worth a visit and all the staff are so friendly and polite. we had an amazing time.
Shellybaby37 April 2018
We visited on Halloween and, although not travelling on the spooky special that evening, found the Alston station and our train beautifully decorated. The staff and volunteers were very welcoming, engaging our seven year olds and outdoing one another with fun facts. The children loved spotting the sights on the sheets we were given with our tickets. Great homemade food, freshly made, in the cafe too.
Great rainy day activity, the staff and volunteers were friendly and happy to explain things to the kids. Only a short few miles but they enjoyed it.
Back at Alston, the cafe is fabulous and well worth a visit. Good food and very friendly and patient staff.
Svea P November 2017