We can’t believe our train services resume on 1st April. Safe to say, there has been, and still is, much going on here at the railway. The significant developments to transform our visitor attraction are well underway. The new toilets, café, second platform and station train shed roof at Alston along with the extension of the line and facilities at Slaggyford are all due for completion in late spring or early summer.
Until the building work is complete, we will have portaloos at Alston station. Good news is that the old café will still be in operation and Shirley’s cakes will continue to provide visitors with tasty treats.
New in 2017 and ready for visitors to enjoy in April is the viewing gallery in the Heritage Engineering Workshop. Train enthusiasts and families alike will be fascinated to see the rolling stock being worked on. You can watch our engineers and see what it is like to be a volunteer here at the railway.
The Discovery Centre opened last season and has free entry for all visitors. The Discovery Centre houses engaging displays on “The trials and triumphs of a rural railway”. The history of the area; the rise, fall then rise again of the railway, along with the work of the South Tynedale Railway Preservation Society is presented in very user friendly format along with an impressive range of photographs and artefacts.
So do come along and enjoy the mix of steam and diesel engines pulling our heritage coaches between Alston to Lintley Halt. April is a wonderful time to get out and see the beautiful North Pennines scenery.