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Tanfield Railway

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Address: Old Marley Hill, Gateshead NE16 5ET, England
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+44 845 463 4938

Working steam railway museum with extensive engineering shops open to the...

Working steam railway museum with extensive engineering shops open to the public. Recreates defunct colliery lines of NE England. Steam train rides every Sunday.

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Hard working Railway!

After a 5 year absence from this railway I returned for a visit in late August. The Tanfield line maybe small in length but its unique and hard working, offering scenes that are... read more

Reviewed September 2, 2016
Christopher F
Truro, United Kingdom
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Truro, United Kingdom
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245 reviews
65 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed September 2, 2016 via mobile

After a 5 year absence from this railway I returned for a visit in late August. The Tanfield line maybe small in length but its unique and hard working, offering scenes that are not recreated anywhere else. Its a line I have loved since a child and I always will!

1 Thank Christopher F
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed August 31, 2016 via mobile

A small railway but staffed by friendly and enthusiastic volunteers who are clearly passionate about it. Good catering facilities and nice walks from the various stops

Thank Heather H
Brampton, United Kingdom
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46 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed August 28, 2016

Brilliant! Very good value for money, can spend all day for one price, railway engines to visit in engine shed, scenic route to travel on, can break journey with no penalty, toilets available, cafe on site. 7 year old grandaughter loved it, travelled in carriage, on viewing veranda, and the engine driver even took her photo standing on the footplate.... More 

Thank Eleanor F
South Shields, United Kingdom
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37 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed August 22, 2016

What a little gem! Visited with my mum and sister for afternoon tea on the train. You need to pre book tickets which can be done via website. Every attention to detail taken, staff very attentive and genuine. John and Joseph looked after us in the carriage, taking time to find out about our visit. Dog friendly in non eating... More 

Thank Nadine F
Oldham, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed August 15, 2016

My wife is keen on old locomotives, and so is her father. Her father is ninety years old. We booked for the Ploughman’s Lunch on the Tanfield Steam Railway. We asked to book four seats and two meals, because we are vegan, and my wife has some food intolerances, and we know we are difficult to feed. “No, no,” they... More 

2 Thank Fred C
London, United Kingdom
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193 reviews
98 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed August 13, 2016 via mobile

We had a lovely day out on the Tanfield railway. We took the first train from the main station at Andrews House, which was lightly loaded so we had a compartment to ourselves. The staff are lovely - very friendly and helpful, and it's good to see a fair number of younger people working on the railway too. The trip... More 

Thank Antony B
Wakefield, United Kingdom
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30 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed August 6, 2016

My family and extended family came for an afternoon as we were all holidaying near by, was a lovely time ,especially as we have a couple of train enthusiasts . The train ride and cabins were lovely and then we sat and had a picnic which was also lovely.then we went to look where they restore the trains the kids... More 

Thank Tracey K
Consett, England, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed August 2, 2016

We visited as a family of 4 for a teddy bears picnic and really enjoyed the activities that were put on. The staff really helped make a great atmosphere and didn't stop smiling. It's very well priced and we really enjoyed the train ride. The history is amazing and we enjoyed several hours here wandering old tracks and exploring vintage... More 

Thank Lauren L
Elgin, Morayshire
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60 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed August 2, 2016

What a fantastic little railway! Pleasant staff, lovely rustic setting, loads of history at every turn. Engine and carriage sheds are not to be missed, again there is history everywhere you look. Entry is free, you only pay to go on the train. If I had to make one negative comment, it is that this railway, like so many other... More 

Thank Badgers110
Marske-by-the-Sea, United Kingdom
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149 reviews
51 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
Reviewed July 26, 2016

A great team of enthusiasts run this railway. The history details are excellent. The price was quite reasonable.

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