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Tanfield Railway

Tanfield Railway


Marley Hill Engine Shed
Old Marley Hill
NE16 5ET

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Special Interest

With an unparalleled history dating back to 1725, spectacular scenery and a truly unique atmosphere, it is no wonder that the Tanfield Railway is the North East's biggest and most popular steam railway..

Less than half an hour from Newcastle and within easy reach of Tyneside, Wearside and County Durham, steam trains run every Sunday and Bank Holiday on a picturesque six mile round trip from Sunniside in Gateshead to East Tanfield near Stanley.


A great day out for families and history fans alike at Europe's oldest working engine shed and the world's oldest railway bridge as well as riding on the world's oldest railway makes a visit a must for anyone with an interest in our proud railway heritage.

With picturesque scenery, lovingly restored locomotives, Victorian carriages and an aire of years gone by the Tanfield Railway offers a great day out for all of the family. 

Tanfield Railway is the world's oldest dating back to 1725 giving an unrivalled history which simply oozes from the entire site. No railway enthusiast can truly lay claim to that title unless they have paid a visit to a line which laid the foundations for the modern railway network. 

The comfortable cafe at Andrews House is in the peaceful surroundings of a typical countryside station from 100 years ago. 

At Marley Hill is Europe's oldest working engine shed, visitors can soak up the atmosphere of a genuine working shed and see the latest progress on overhauls and restorations carried out by our volunteers. Causey Arch station is ideally located to visit the world famous arch, the oldest railway bridge in the world, as well as a series of walks in the secluded valley surrounded by industrial heritage.

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Enquiries or bookings : +44(0)7508092365



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