The Darjeeling-Himalayan Railway comes to the high North Pennines for an ‘Indian Summer’ weekend
on 26 – 28 September.
South Tynedale Railway at Alston are delighted to host Locomotive No 19 and the Darjeeling Himalayan
Railway Society for an Indian-themed weekend of food, music and films (in association with Alston Moor Film).
Ride with the loco, dressed for the event, and imagine yourselves riding to the Himalayas, recapturing the
atmosphere seen in the BBC TV series “Indian Hill Railways”. Locomotive No19 will be running from 11.15am
on each day, interspersed with the regular service beginning at 10.30am.
There will be plenty for the family, with a model steam railway that captures some of the atmosphere of the
real thing, with trains picking their way through the streets of the bazaar, and the trees of the forest, plus
Darjeeling -Himalayan Railway Society charity and sales stalls, Indian food served in the cafe and, of course,
lashings of chai! To add to the mix, Alston Moor Film will be screening two films at the town hall: “Slumdog
Millionaire” on the Friday evening and a new film, “The Lunchbox” on the Saturday.
Built in 1889 by Sharp Stewart & Co., Glasgow, Locomotive No19 was withdrawn from the Darjeeling-
Himalayan Railway service in 1960 and, privately purchased, made it’s way to Indiana and then, in 2003, across
the Atlantic to be restored by Tyseley Locomotive Works, Birmingham, for Adrian Shooter, a DHR Society
member and M.D. of Chiltern Railways. At the same time, two replica DHR carriages were constructed at the
Boston Lodge Works of the Ffestiniog Railway. These and the loco are based at Adrian Shooter’s private garden