News Archive

An historic weekend for the South Tynedale Preservation Society.

Published and found at

South Tynedale Railway Society is very pleased to announce… that the line extension to Slaggyford will open on Saturday 9th June 2018 with the departure of the first Slaggyford Special at 10:45a.m.

Chairman Richard Graham said, “This will be an historic weekend for the Society one of whose main aims is to recreate a community railway linking Alston Moor, South Tynedale and the wider North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) with the national railway network at Haltwhistle.  Opening the extension to Slaggyford is the first step towards fulfilling this aim and I would like to thank the team of staff and volunteers who have worked really hard, overcoming numerous obstacles, to help us reach this milestone in the Society’s history.” From 12th June the new operating timetable will come into force and trains will run to Slaggyford via Kirkhaugh and Lintley on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays (daily in school holidays).

As Richard Graham says, the South Tyne Valley is a fantastic place to visit and it will be the first time since 1976 that the public will be able to experience the views from Lintley to Slaggyford from the window of a train!” The opening of the line to Slaggyford represents completion of the final strand of a major development project which included a £4.3 million award from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

Read the full article