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The South Tynedale Railway

Saturday 28 July 2018

This tour is fully booked, please call the office to join the waiting list.


It is several years since we visited this unusual 2ft gauge preserved steam railway, which is constructed on the trackbed of the former Haltwhistle to Alston branch line, closed by BR in 1976.

Tucked away in the North Pennines in the picturesque valley of the Upper Tyne, Alston is the highest market settlement in England, almost 1,000 feet above sea level. It is also remote, some twenty miles from the nearest town, and the surrounding district has been designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

This tour shares the same train as the existing ‘Hills of the North’ itinerary. After a journey over Shap Summit we alight at Penrith and join coaches for a very agreeable journey up into the remote hill country. South Tynedale Railway trains leave from the original North Eastern Railway terminus at Alston.

The railway has now been opened right through to Slaggyford, some five miles distant from Alston. We have included a return journey on this most scenic of narrow gauge steam railways and there will be time to take a look around Alston itself.

The coaches are re-boarded at Alston and this time we travel to Appleby to rejoin the train. Our homeward route is via the spectacular Settle & Carlisle Railway, with its fabulous scenery as we travel south via Ais Gill and Blea Moor Summits and across Ribblehead Viaduct.

Including as it does an outward run via Shap Summit, the visit to the South Tynedale Railway and the return via the Settle & Carlisle, this is a real ‘must’ for anybody with an appreciation for scenic rail travel. You are advised to book soon!

All timings are provisional and intended only as a guide.

London Euston07.09 CONFIRMED22.27 CONFIRMED
Watford Junction (for M25)07.27 CONFIRMED22.02 CONFIRMED
Milton Keynes Central07.57 CONFIRMED21.21 CONFIRMED