We welcome families at South Tynedale Railway and have gathered information on this page which we hope will be useful for you before you travel.
Our Family Rover ticket is £25 and allows two adults and up to three children (1- 15 years) to travel all day between all four of our stations. A family season ticket is £125 and allows two adults and up to three children unlimited travel all season.
NB: Family Rover and Family Season tickets are not available for some special events so check event information carefully at the time of booking. Children under 1 travel free regardless.
PARKING AND ACCESSIBILITY
We have large car parks at Alston and Slaggyford with ramps to the platforms, station buildings, (with the exception of the signal boxes) are fully accessible and there are baby change facilities at both stations. Staff will be very happy to help you with your buggies and prams and if a member of your party has access needs we haul an accessible coach on every journey so there is no need to book your wheelchair in in advance. Please note the car park at Slaggyford is unsuitable for large coaches as the access road is very narrow.
The Crossing Cafe at Alston has a children’s menu and Nikki and the team are happy to provide gluten free, vegetarian and vegan options. Why not order a children’s picnic box and take it on the train with you or stop at one of our picnic sites? The Crossing Cafe is open seven days a week in season and the Buffet Car at Slaggyford is open on train running days and other days in the main season ( check before you travel).
We love to see families enjoying themselves at South Tynedale Railway so don’t forget to collect your complimentary spotter cards from the ticket office when you buy your ticket. These are a great way of keeping younger children entertained throughout the journey and we love to see what you’ve spotted so don’t forget to come back and tell us!
The Discovery Centre is open seven days a week in season and you can find out about the history of the railway and maybe pause for a while to play with our wooden train set!
Staff and volunteers will be happy to chat with you when you visit the mezzanine level of our engineering workshop. You can see some of the locos and find out what the engineering team are working on and you’ll also find out more about the Strivers, our young railway volunteers. Ask a member of staff if your child is interested in joining.
Signal box tours can be arranged on request. We can only allow two people into the signal box at a time on operating days but please let a member of staff know if you would like to go up and meet the signaller and find out about what (s)he does.
Look at our events page or check our calendar to find details of the family events we run each year. Our Halloween and Santa Specials are particularly popular so don’t leave it too late to book.
The HUB museum, run by Alston Goods Shed Trust is well worth a visit. It is run by a team of volunteers and is open as and when volunteers are available. There is a small entrance charge. Phone 01434 381609 or check their facebook page for more details.
Alston town centre with its cobbled street, narrow alleys and quaint shops is worth exploring and is just a short walk from the station. Please be aware that Alston is the highest market town in England and the hill leading up to the Market Cross is steep!
Because all of our train crews are volunteers we operate with a mix of steam, battery electric and diesel locos, we do aim to run steam every weekend but it isn’t always possible, if travelling by steam is especially important to you please drop us an email: firstname.lastname@example.org and we will let you know if we are planning on operating steam on the day you are intending to visit.
Don’t forget to post pictures of your adventures onto our facebook page