South Tynedale Railway

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Coordinates: 54°50′24″N 2°28′26″W / 54.840°N 2.474°W / 54.840; -2.474

The South Tynedale Railway is a heritage railway in England and is England's highest narrow gauge railway. The route runs from Alston in Cumbria to Kirkhaugh in Northumberland via the South Tyne Viaduct, the Gilderdale Viaduct and the Whitley Viaduct. The railway is operated by a charity, which was registered in 1983.[1]

Passenger trains operate on the railway between April (or from Easter weekend if in March) through to October each year and currently (2009) attract 40,000 people to the district every year.[1] Special trains operate including Santa Special trains on certain days in December each year.

The present line is two and a quarter miles in length and there are plans to extend the line by a further two and a quarter miles to Slaggyford. The line is a 2 ft  (610 mm) narrow gauge and is built on the southern end of the track bed of the disused standard gauge Haltwhistle to Alston Line. This connected with the Newcastle and Carlisle Railway at Haltwhistle. The standard gauge line was closed on 1 May 1976 and the track bed is mostly intact.

Future plans

Confirmation was received in November 2009 that a grant of £100,000 had been awarded by the Groundwork UK Community Spaces programme which will be used to fund the restoration of three historic railway bridges on the former Haltwhistle to Alston line.[1] Northumberland County Council’s west area committee also granted consent for a completely new station at Lintley and the new extension to Lintley is scheduled to open in 2011.[1]

Thomas Edmondson runs round the train at the old Gilderdale Station (closed in September 1999)

The locomotive shed at Alston, around 1990

Polish locomotive 'Nakło'.


External links

Amerton Railway · Abbey Light Railway · Amberley Museum Railway · Bredgar & Wormshill Light Railway · Bure Valley Railway · Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway · Great Whipsnade Railway · Hythe Pier, Railway and Ferry · Kirklees Light Railway · Lappa Valley Steam Railway · Launceston Steam Railway · Leighton Buzzard Light Railway · Lynton and Barnstaple Railway · North Gloucestershire Railway · Perrygrove Railway · Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway · Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway · Rudyard Lake Steam Railway · Ruislip Lido Railway · Seaton Tramway · Sittingbourne & Kemsley Light Railway · South Tynedale Railway · Steeple Grange Light Railway · Volk's Electric Railway · Wells and Walsingham Light Railway · West Lancashire Light Railway · Yaxham Light Railway

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