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South Tynedale Railway

The Railway Station

Buy your ticket in the restored Victorian station building for a leisurely ride through the beautiful scenery of the South Tyne valley on England's highest narrow-gauge railway. The trains are hauled by preserved steam and diesel engines from Britain and abroad.

The return journey to Kirkhaugh may be done in 60 minutes, but far nicer to spend a little time at Kirkhaugh, sample the contents of the refreshment van, and perhaps stop for a picnic. The station at Kirkhaugh has no road access, but may be reached by the lineside footpath from Alston.

Special Carriage for wheelchair users is available.

Alston station, the main terminus of the railway, features a restored signalbox.

General Information:

  • Free car and coach parking at Alston station
  • Book and souvenir shop
  • A carriage with access for wheelchairs available, booking recommended
  • Disabled toilet facilities at Alston station.

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  • Directions

    Alston Station is just off the A686 Hexham-Penrith road, North of Alston town centre. Look for the brown tourist signs on roads into Alston. Road access is from five scenic routes linking the North Pennine Dales, the Lake District and Northumberland National Park.

    South Tynedale Railway Postcode for SatNav: CA9 3JB


    +44 (0)1434 382 828 (talking timetable)
    +44 (0)1434 381 696

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