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“Well worth the trip”

South Tynedale Railway
Ranked #1 of 7 things to do in Alston
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 30 June 2014

Alston may be a distance from most places but the journey there is well worth it. We visited this friendly little railway and loved every minute of it. We travelled behind a steam engine on this narrow gauge track in the sunshine, smelling the smoke and being transported back in time.
All the staff were friendly and informative and the cafe was also pleasant. You have to remember that these volunteer run attractions are working on a shoestring and although the toilets were clean, rising damp in these old buildings spoiled the paintwork. I mention this because someone grumbled to me on our visit who didn't understand!

Thank branleyite
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Reviewed 28 June 2014

We set out with our two dogs and travelled on the steam train from Alston to Lintley. It was a relaxing experience and the puff of steam billowing back as we moved along the track was lovely to see. The dogs are in the carriage with you so I was relaxed and not worrying if they were ok. We then walked the line of the old track to Slaggyford station which still has the old station building. There is a cafe and a shop at The Alston station which served drinks and sandwiches, scones, cakes etc and we ate a picnic in front of the Slaggyford station where a quiet lane gave us time to enjoy the surrounding views. We walked back again to Lintley and sat at a picnic table watching as they changed ends with the steam engine to take us back to Alston. The station was busy when we got back but our car was only a moments walk away in the free car park. This was great value for money and a very charming and relaxing way to spend 4 hours. Our dogs were exhausted when we got back so they had enjoyed themselves immensely too. I would highly recommend this as a venue to visit and it is very pet friendly.

1  Thank David P
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Reviewed 19 June 2014

I was very disappointed to find that no trains were in operation, the cafe, shop and even the toilets were closed. There were many angry potential fare-paying passengers; what a missed revenue earning opportunity. Alston itself was equally disappointing, with many closed shops. The one high-spot was lunch at The Angel Hotel which was superb. One benefit of our visit was the great scenery alongside the road from Penrith

1  Thank skinnydipper884
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Reviewed 15 June 2014

Having spent the day at Killhope Museum and having had a lovely time, we took a chance on dashing to Alston. We just made it to catch the last Train from Alston to Linley and back.

The Steam train is a thing of beauty and wonderfully restored, this is a great trip for adults and children alike.

We bought a Family ticket for ourselves and the Grandkids and spent a lovely hour watching the scenery and enjoying the Train which was exceptionally clean and comfortable.

There is no point to this trip other than to enjoy it and we certainly did. The Volunteers who run this make this a splendid pleasure. Enquire before you go about running times. Parking is free but the Car Park closes at 5 as people need to get home.

1  Thank Chris C
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Reviewed 29 May 2014 via mobile

Visited here with my family while on holiday. Sadly we wanted a steam train, but due to shortage of volunteers they had to put a diesel train on, due to this received a discount. Carriages clean. Views are great. Lovely railway

Thank Hayley A
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