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LOCOMOTION AND THE WEARDALE RAILWAY


Saturday 11 May 2019

Join us on a Great Day Out to a part of the country very much associated with the birth of railways and of course the Stockton & Darlington Railway.

The Weardale Railway is a heritage line which runs from Bishop Auckland in County Durham to Stanhope in Weardale, designated an Area of Outstanding Beauty.

Infrastructure considerations have prevented special trains running from the national network on to the Weardale Railway in recent years. We are therefore particularly pleased to announce a tour from London to Stanhope with the bonus of a pause at Shildon, home of the National Railway Museum’s northern outbase ‘Locomotion’.

We travel via the East Coast Main Line to Darlington. Here we veer left, joining the route of the original route of the Stockton and Darlington Railway as far as Shildon, where the very first train began its journey from outside the Mason’s Arms pub in 1825. Shildon is full of vestiges from the earliest days or railways and ‘Locomotion’ is just a short level walk from the station. Admission is free. We will be here for just under two hours and refreshments are available.

Rejoining the train we continue through Bishop Auckland and on to the Weardale Railway, passing through attractive scenery as we continue to the Stanhope, currently the end of the line. Here the old station has been beautifully restored and we have just under an hour to stretch our legs and explore.

Our return journey is as outward, via Bishop Auckland and Darlington where we rejoin the East Coast Main Line for the run back south.

All timings are provisional and intended only as a guide.

StationDepartArrive
London King's Cross08.2022.05
Potters Bar (for M25)08.4021.45
Stevenage09.0021.25
Peterborough09.3520.45