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
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. Santa Specials for 2018 run on 1st and 2nd December, 8th and 9th December and 15th and 16th December.
Visited for the first time with my family and we had a lovely afternoon on the narrow gauge railway.Alston station is pristine with a lovely gift shop there’s a cafe too where we had a lovely late lunch serving hot and cold meals tea coffee and homemade cakes. The station has good toilet facilities very clean and there is a really good disabled toilet. My mother commented on how good it was. The station at Alston has full disabled access with a disabled access coach you can get a chair on as they provide ramps. My mam didn’t need to use that though as the train is level with the platform and she was able to walk on easily and we stored her wheelchair at the back of the open carriage .All staff which are volunteers are so nice and friendly nothing is any trouble and they will advise you well on where you want to go. The train carriage has wooden bench seats and there is plenty of leg room. The journey to Slaggyford is very scenic and on a red hot day like today it was lovely travelling slowly through the countryside taking in the scenery with a cool breeze coming in through the open carriage. On reaching slaggyford again this station is pristine it has water bowls for dogs and a buffet car transformed into a little cafe where you can get a drink and a snack. There’s also good toilet facilities There’s a good path back to Alston so if you want to walk back or half way n pick up the train at another station then you can. We will definately return and will recommend the railway to others.
Visited the south Tyneside railway for the first time.From the moment we stepped on the platform at Alston station we were made most welcome. The knowledgeable staff told us about the railway,and in particular the engine driver took time to describe the controls.Before setting off we endulged in a lovely cup of tea and an excellent bacon roll from platform cafe. A lovely journey through the valley with an opportunity to walk the 5 miles and catch the train back there were intermediate stations if you didn’t want to walk all the way to slaggford. At slaggford there was a lovely buffet carriage with friendly staff and a nice cup of tea and some pineapple and ginger cake(lovely and moist).Then it’s back to Alston station for an excellent lunch.Can recommend the steak and wine pie and also the chicken skewers with homemade mint dip.The cafe staff were friendly and happy with there singing. It may have been the odor from the gin and tonic cake.A great day made even better by great staff. Excellent toilet facilities at both ends of the journey.
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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