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South Tynedale Railway

The Railway Station, Alston CA9 3JB, England
+44 1434 382828
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Well worth a visit

This railway is a real gem set in beautiful countryside. The staff and volunteers have clearly put... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
jackiekay2017
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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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Great narrow gauge railway.

Great little railway. Clean and well presented. Spent a day travelling from Alston to Slaggyford... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Jane B
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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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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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The Railway Station, Alston CA9 3JB, England
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+44 1434 382828
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This railway is a real gem set in beautiful countryside. The staff and volunteers have clearly put in alot of hard work to ensure that visitors have an enjoyable experience. Today the engine pulled one open air carriage and 2 enclosed carriages. At Alston visitors...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Great little railway. Clean and well presented. Spent a day travelling from Alston to Slaggyford. Walks along the railway interesting. Visited Kirkhaugh church. Also went in the new signal box at Slaggyford. Cafe at Alston great variety of attractive food. Cake and drinks at Slaggyford....More

1  Thank Jane B
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South Tynedale R, Marketing and Events Team at South Tynedale Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you very much for leaving us a review. We're very pleased you enjoyed your day.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited for the first time with my family and we had a lovely afternoon on the narrow gauge railway.Alston station is pristine with a lovely gift shop there's a cafe too where we had a lovely late lunch serving hot and cold meals tea coffee...More

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South Tynedale R, Marketing and Events Team at South Tynedale Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave such a comprehensive review. We're so pleased that you found everything clean and tidy and that your Mum was able to access everything easily. Do come and see us again!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited in June after the last time we was in Alston. The railway was closed in January, all the staff was very nice and the cafe was very good, we even took our dog on the train, for a small charge

Thank Kieran D
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South Tynedale R, Marketing and Events Team at South Tynedale Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you very much for taking time to leave a review. We love meeting all our doggy visitors as well as our human ones!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What a wonderful day’s adventure on this narrow gauge railway, a very well kept station at Alston easy to park and an excellent cafe for refreshments prior to the journey Extremely friendly staff and the customer service was excellent The journey was very relaxing and...More

Thank NeilZ4
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South Tynedale R, Marketing and Events Team at South Tynedale Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you very much for leaving the review and for understanding about our poorly loco; as you say the heat was just too much for poor Naworth. So pleased you enjoyed your adventurous day with us.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited the south Tyneside railway for the first time.From the moment we stepped on the platform at Alston station we were made most welcome. The knowledgeable staff told us about the railway,and in particular the engine driver took time to describe the controls.Before setting off...More

Thank Thomas B
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South Tynedale R, Marketing and Events Team at South Tynedale Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks for writing this very entertaining review and as for the fumes from the gin and tonic cake ....we couldn't possibly comment!!! We hope you coem back and see us again soon.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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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South Tynedale R, Marketing and Events Team at South Tynedale Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you very much for leaving us a review and pleased you had a good cycle ride along the South Tyne Trail. Do come and see us again and maybe experience the train ride too!

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Reviewed June 9, 2018

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 3 weeks 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 June 4, 2018

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

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South Tynedale R, Marketing and Events team at South Tynedale Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks 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 May 30, 2018

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 3 weeks 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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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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