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We welcome families at South Tynedale Railway and have gathered information on this page which we hope will be useful for you before you travel.

Ticket Information

We recommend that you pre-book your tickets online. These tickets are Rover tickets for return travel from Alston to Slaggyford, however you can travel all day if you wish.

Adult £16                Child aged 3-17 £8             Infant aged 0-2 free.

Adult wheelchair space £16           Dogs free

Registered Carers £8  Please bring your registration with you and purchase your ticket on the day of travel

Please let us know if you require space for a child’s wheelchair by emailing


Book tickets here

For one way journeys or for station hopper journeys which include boarding or alighting at Kirkhaugh or Lintley, please purchase your ticket on the day of travel from the booking office at Alston or the Little Buffet Car at Slaggyford.

Adult one way £8            Child aged 3-17 one way £4            Infant aged 0-2 one way free

All journeys from Slaggyford should be bought on the day from the Little Buffet Car at Slaggyford station.


Dogs are welcome and travel free; don’t forget to collect a dog ticket from the ticket office.

We are usually able to accommodate pushchairs and prams in the guards van.

Cycles can be carried where we have space and at the discretion of the Guard.

Eating and Drinking

The Crossing Cafe

Kim and Dug Hickin run the Crossing Café along with a small team of dedicated staff and offer traditional homemade hot and cold food all made to order and a range of homemade cakes. There is also a range of hot and cold beverages and the premises is licensed should you want a tipple with your lunch.

If you intend to dine in the Café prior to your train ride, you will need to be at the front of the queue and ordering your food at least 45 minutes prior to your departure time. For parties of four or more please allow an hour. All food (including sandwiches) is made fresh to order.

The café is dog friendly.

The Café is open from Wednesday  to Sunday from 10a.m- 3.30p.m.

Please Note: For all table bookings and catering requests please contact Kim at the Crossing Café direct on or 07751596469

The Little Buffet Car

Adie and Kate will give you a warm welcome at Slaggyford Station where the Little Buffet Car will be open from 10.30 on train running days.

The Little Buffet Car sells a range of hot and cold drinks and snacks.


ALSTON DEPART 10:30 13:00 15:00
KIRKHAUGH* 10:45 13:15 15:15
LINTLEY* 10:53 13:23 15:23
SLAGGYFORD ARRIVE 11:05 13:35 15:35
SLAGGYFORD DEPART 11:30 14:00 16:00
LINTLEY* 11:40 14:10 16:10
KIRKHAUGH* 11:48 14:18 16:18
ALSTON ARRIVE 12:05 14:35 16:35

*Please note trains will not be stopping at Kirkhaugh or Lintley this season, both are request stops so please let the guard know when you board the train that you wish to alight at a request stop. To board at either Kirkhaugh or Lintley please raise your hands to signal to the driver that you wish to board.

All journeys are for travel from Alston to Slaggyford and return.

We have large car parks at Alston and Slaggyford with ramps to the platforms, station buildings, (with the exception of the signal boxes) are fully accessible and there are baby change facilities at both stations. Staff will be very happy to help you with your buggies and prams and if a member of your party has access needs we haul an accessible coach on every journey. Please note the car park at Slaggyford is unsuitable for large coaches as the access road is very narrow. To read more about accessibility please click here.

The HUB museum, run by Alston Goods Shed Trust is well worth a visit. It is run by a team of volunteers and is open as and when volunteers are available. There is a small entrance charge. Phone 01434 381609 or check their facebook page for more details.

Alston town centre with its cobbled street, narrow alleys and quaint shops is worth exploring and is just a short walk from the station. Please be aware that Alston is the highest market town in England and the hill leading up to the Market Cross is steep!

[vc_cta h2=”And finally…”]Please be aware that because all of our train crews are volunteers we operate with a mix of steam, battery electric and diesel locos, we do aim to run steam every weekend but it isn’t always possible and plans may change at the last minute.

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