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South Tynedale Railway

The Railway Station, Alston CA9 3JB, England
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Cracking venture!!

First off, didn't actually ride the train....however......!!! We arrived with the intention to. We... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Matt C
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Bury St Edmunds, United Kingdom
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First train to Slaggyford

We had excellent breakfast in the lovely new cafe on the station and then rode the first train to... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Chris P
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Come for a ride on the North of England’s double gold award winning narrow gauge railway winding from Alston into the South Tyne Valley in the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Our trains are hauled by steam, diesel or battery electric locos and all have a fascinating history. Both of our restored stations at Alston and Slaggyford house a café, ticket office and gift shop. At Alston you can explore our Discovery Centre and visit the viewing gallery above our engineering workshop. Most areas of the site are accessible and there are large car parks at Alston and Slaggyford.
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  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“alston station” (19 reviews)
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The Railway Station, Alston CA9 3JB, England
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

First off, didn't actually ride the train....however......!!! We arrived with the intention to. We were cycling the route that runs along side the track. The train will take bikes. The station at Alston is beautifully presented and the train looks wonderful. The route runs to...More

Thank Matt C
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had excellent breakfast in the lovely new cafe on the station and then rode the first train to Slaggyford since 1976 which turned out to be an express no stopping service as nobody wanted to stop at the two stations on the way. Barber...More

Thank Chris P
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South Tynedale R, Marketing and Events team at South Tynedale Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

What a lovely description of your journey! Thanks very much for leaving a review, we're so pleased you enjoyed the day.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lovely little railway, unfortunately the extension of the line wasn't open in time for our holiday (our cottage was a few miles away from the new station) but otherwise a great trip. Highlights, getting to ride on the open end of the carriage, at the...More

Thank PeredurTheBadger
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South Tynedale R, Marketing and Events team at South Tynedale Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

We're so pleased you had a lovely day and sorry you missed out on the ride to Slaggyford. The blankets have been a real hit with our visitors this year as it does get a little chilly in the North Pennines sometimes! Thank you for...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We took the train on a single ticket to Lintley, fantastic views all the way. The train isn’t going to Slaggyford yet so we walked it anyway. A picnic in the village then a steady walk back to Alston on the rail side path, we...More

Thank CachersAnon
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South Tynedale R, Marketing and Events team at South Tynedale Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

It sounds like you had a lovely day and we agree with you about the views; stunning whatever the weather. Thank you very much for leaving us a review.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We arrived a tad late due to road works but as we dashed into the car park the signal box keeper shouted "Do you want the train?" and when I replied "Yes" he said "Ah, in which case I won't let it go". What a...More

Thank Iain C
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South Tynedale R, Marketing and Events team at South Tynedale Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

We are a happy bunch here at South Tynedale Railway and this review has made us smile! Thank you very much for taking the time to write it and for understanding about the breakdown! Most of our locos are well into their dotage and can...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited the railway last week on a lovely sunny day with our two terrier dogs (who were welcome everywhere) There is plenty of parking at Alston station. the stsion has been beautifully restored. There is a museum which we didn't have time to visit...More

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South Tynedale R, Marketing and Events team at South Tynedale Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you for leaving us a review, it sounds like you had a lovely day. We are indeed very keen to get younger people involved in what we do and have just had a fantastic week with some year 9 pupils from our local secondary...More

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Reviewed 16 May 2018

We walked the South Tyndale Railway from Alston to Lambley Viaduct and then back again to Lintley to pick up the last train. Unfortunately they are not quite ready to open up to Slaggyford just yet. But we met some lovely volunteers at the Slaggyford...More

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South Tynedale R, Marketing and Events team at South Tynedale Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you for your lovely review. Our volunteers love showing people around and we're pleased you enjoyed yourselves.

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Reviewed 8 May 2018 via mobile

In 2016 the STR got a lottery grant and decided to make improvements, one of which was to extend the line to "Slaggyford". So confident were they of reaching this goal they printed off thousand's of brochures saying it would be achieved for Easter 2017....More

2  Thank Viking1950
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South Tynedale R, Marketing and Events team at South Tynedale Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 9 May 2018

Thank you very much for taking the time to leave us a review, we do appreciate feedback as it helps us to improve our offer. We are as frustrated as you that we are still not running to Slaggyford and printed our leaflets in good...More

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Reviewed 7 May 2018

What friendly staff who obviously enjoy their roles. We travelled out in an open carriage, which was a giggle, with blankets provided by the helpful staff. We swapped to a closed carriage for the return journey. It's not a long journey, but is is through...More

1  Thank DurhamSightseers
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South Tynedale R, Marketing and Events team at South Tynedale Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 9 May 2018

Thank you very much for leaving us a review and we're very pleased you enjoyed the blankets, the staff have been learning to crochet especially!! Do come and see us again.

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Reviewed 4 May 2018

Visited to railway for the first time, found the facilities to be of a very high standard. There is a café within the station which serves teas, coffees light snacks and sandwiches. Toilets are to a high standard and accessible to all visitors, small shop...More

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South Tynedale R, Marketing and Events team at South Tynedale Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 9 May 2018

Thank you so much for leaving such a comprehensive review and for understanding about the break down. The loco in question is 110 this year and was feeling her age that day ( maybe it was the heat!). We hope you'll come back and visit...More

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Keith D
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Response from Ann R | Reviewed this property |
Im really not sure but would think so as so many people take their dogs on trips with them
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No. But do go when it is. It's great.
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