Winter opening hours for the cafe are Thursday – Sunday 10a.m – 4p.m.
Our trains will begin operating again from March 28th 2020.
Easter Bunny trains booking now at discounted prices.
Come for a ride on the North of England’s multi award winning narrow gauge railway winding from Alston into the South Tyne Valley in the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It’s a great day out for families whatever the weather, we’re very dog friendly and all our trains are accessible too.
Our trains are hauled by steam, diesel or battery electric locos and all have a fascinating history. Both of our restored stations at Alston and Slaggyford house a café, ticket ofﬁce and gift shop. At Alston you can explore our Discovery Centre and visit the viewing gallery above our engineering workshop. Most areas of the site are accessible and there are large car parks at Alston and Slaggyford.
Easter Bunny trains booking NOW.
Book in advance via our special events page for discounted prices!
New for 2020
Tea along the Tracks
Enjoy a glass of fizz, pot of tasty loose leaf tea and a scrumptious afternoon tea as you travel through the beautiful South Tyne valley taking in the glorious views. Booking now or ask us about our gift vouchers.
The Crossing Cafe
The winter hours for the Crossing Café are
Thursday – Sunday 10a.m -4p.m.
Nikki and the team have created a tasty winter menu to warm you up and take away those post Christmas blues. Start the day with a full English breakfast or fill up on some tasty chorizo and chickpea stew or order yourself a tasty burger.
Vegan and gluten free options are always available.
The Buffet Car at Slaggyford is open for snacks, ice cream and drinks when our trains are running.
Tickets & Fares
Our new operating season will begin on March 28th 2020.
Our standard operating days in season are Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays from Easter to the end of October. This season we will be also running trains on Wednesdays in June, July and September. During the main school holiday periods we will be running 7 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.
Trains run from 28th March 2020 to 1st November 2020. Our standard operating days are Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays and between Saturday 20th July and Sunday 1st September we run trains 7 days a week.
We visited on Saturday. There was 2 adults. A 9 year old girl. 10 year old boy. 13 year old girl and 3 year old girl. ... read more
Despite it being a wet day we went on this train journey from Alston to Slaggyford. We called at the cafe in Alsto station first , such a lovely... read more