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Railways

The Newcastle to Carlisle railway, now known as the Tyne Valley route, was the first cross-country railway when it opened in 1838 and provides access to the Heart of Hadrian's Wall.

Although considerably updated to cope with current rail traffic and providing a frequent passenger service linking Newcastle and Carlisle as well as Hexham and Sunderland / Middlesborough it still contains a tremendous amount of historic infrastructure along the line.

There are many locations where this railway history can be seen but some of the main ones include Haltwhistle for the signal box, water tower, station buildings and Alston Arches, Greenhead for the oldest extant engine shed (not now used as an engine shed), Hexham for station and signal box and Wylam signal box.

Helping to keep the north's railway heritage alive there are a number of preserved and historic railway sites across the North East, mainly volunteer led helping to keep alive our railway heritage, and Northern Cumbria, which can also boast two of the most scenic rail routes in England. More details can be found below.

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The Cumbrian Coast Line, as its name suggests, hugs the scenic coastline between C...
This historic and scenic route was one of the last main line railways built in Bri...
The North of England’s double gold award winning narrow gauge railway winding from...
With an unparalleled history dating back to 1725, spectacular scenery and a truly ...
The Weardale Railway, situated in County Durham, was a mothballed branch line from...
This is the most recent of the heritage railways in the area and only opened in 20...
A 15” gauge steam railway running from Heatherslaw, 6.4km to Etal Village - a retu...
The Eden Valley Railway is based at Warcop in Cumbria (or Westmorland, in old mone...
On the Cumbrian Coast line you could consider alighting at Ravensglass and enjoy a...
The Stainmore Railway is based at the Kirkby Stephen East Heritage Centre and is o...
This historic railway is sited south of Gateshead in Springwell village just east ...
The Museum is located on the 1825 route of the Stockton & Darlington Railway, the ...
The Shildon branch of the National Railway Museum is well worth a visit. It is bas...
Re-live the glorious days of the steam railway at Stephenson Railway Museum in Nor...
The routes of several closed lines can still be easily followed with bridges and s...
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