Tanfield Railway, Gateshead

4.5
The Tanfield Railway is a 4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge heritage railway in Gateshead and County Durham, England. Running on part of a former colliery wooden waggonway, later a steam railway. It operates preserved industrial steam locomotives. The railway operates a passenger service every Sunday, plus other days, as well as occasional demonstration coal, goods & mixed trains. The line runs 3 miles (4.8 km) between a southern terminus at East Tanfield, Durham, to a northern terminus at Sunniside, Gateshead. Another station, Andrews House, is situated near the Marley Hill engine shed. A halt also serves the historic site of the Causey Arch. The railway claims to be "the world's oldest railway". The Railway is run by three bodies: "Friends of Tanfield Railway", "Tanfield Railway Trust" which owns the railway, the locos & stock and "The Tanfield Railway Company" Which operates the railway. "The Tanfield Railway Company" is split into four departments; each has a Manager & Director: Engineering who maintain Locomotives, Operations including drivers & guards, Carriage & Waggon who preserve carriages & the commercial department which operates shops, events & the passenger side of operations.
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  • Very nice day out on this volunteer run steam railway.we had a ride up and down the line and a visit to the engine sheds. Well worth visiting.  more »
  • We spent a full day playing and riding on the railway line, fun for all the family, young and old, if you get a all day ticket, you can spend the day getting on and off at various points, taking...  more »
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  • Great way to idle away an afternoon. From purchasing a vintage style ticket to stepping on board the steam train, your day is immersed in the sights, sounds & smells of years gone by. Surrounded by a mix of fellow passengers we whistled through the pretty countryside enjoying the "slower" pace of life. Very pleased to report that unlike the modern day locomotive Tanfield Railways ensure that all trains run as per timetable. Would recommend you purchase a hop on hop off ticket and enjoy a stroll down to Causey Arch & along the river, beautiful scenery & wildlife spotting opportunities. Then hop back on the steam train & head to one of the stations for a delicious tea & scone to complete a fantastic day out. Quick mention to all the young volunteers who I encountered yesterday who were friendly & very helpful. Special mention to the lovely young man who was stationed at the Bobgins Level Crossing, yesterday afternoon, who made sure we took the scenic route when strolling back to Andrews House station, a 5 star service delivered with a smile
  • I went to this place as a child and remembered it as being amazing. On returning as an adult I found that there isn't that much there, except for events at certain times of the year. It's a beautiful place and the trains they have are great too. Just don't expect your 2 year old to be occupied for longer than and hour or so.
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