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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, particualrly if you wish to book a return jouney from Alston to Slaggyford as we cannot guarantee availability for this type of ticket on the day of travel .

For single 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.

Please read all of the booking information very carefully before selecting your carriage and bay of seats.

A wheelchair accessible space is available to pre-book.

Dogs are welcome – just select dog from the drop down menu once you have booked your bay of sea

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

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.

All journey 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.

Please note, if you are travelling from Teesdale on the B6277 or the A689 from Weardale there may be a diversion in place when you visit.

From Teesdale, traffic will be diverted to the right along the A689 to Nenthall where they will be diverted left along the B6294 and then left into Alston. Traffic from Weardale will be diverted right at Nenthall along the B6294 and then left into Alston. The diversion will add approximately 10 minutes on to your journey.

For further details visit Cumbria County Council

The café at Alston and buffet car at Slaggyford are now being run by Janice and Jim and their team.

Visit their Facebook page The Station Cafe at Alston & Slaggyford for full details of their menu and opening hours.

We love to see families enjoying themselves at South Tynedale Railway so don’t forget to collect your complimentary spotter cards from the ticket office. These are a great way of keeping younger children entertained throughout the journey and we love to see what you’ve spotted so don’t forget to come back and tell us!

Engineering Workshop Mezzanine

Staff and volunteers will be happy to chat with you when you visit the mezzanine level of our engineering workshop. You can see some of the locos, find out what the engineering team are working on and learn all about the history of the Railway.

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! You can collect a free map of our site and Alston town centre from the ticket office.

Don’t forget to post pictures of your adventures onto our facebook page

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.

Don’t forget to post pictures of your adventures onto our facebook page