Freight in February

FREIGHT IN FEBRUARY - 2nd, 9th, 16th & 23rd February

Freight in February is our month long celebration recreating the days when everything from coal to cauliflowers went by train!

Before motorways and HGVs if you wanted something moving, you turned to the railways.. experience these scenes long gone from our everyday lives.

Throughout each event learn about how the local railway station was a key part of life in almost every community and perhaps even have a parcel of your own transported along the line. Can you and your family follow the clues in our parcel treasure hunt to uncover more history of freight transport in the North East? Will you capture a timeless scene on camera?

Make sure to visit the 1854 built Marley Hill engine shed.

Normal ticket prices apply. Andrews House station and East Tanfield station will all be open for refreshments.

National Coal Board train day - Sunday 2nd February

Our very own National Coal Board locomotive No.49 will be in service today. Travel on board our vintage passenger train, similar to those which miner's once travelled to the pit in.

North Sunderland Sunday - Sunday 9th February

Take a trip on a recreation of a typical North Sunderland Railway train hauled by Armstrong Whitworth built, diesel electric locomotive, A. Reyrolle & Co No.2. The North Sunderland Railway was a 4 mile 'light' railway in Northumberland which ran from Chathill to Seahouses, operating small locomotives and rolling stock of ex-industrial or mainline use. An Armstrong Whitworth diesel electric locomotive, 'The Lady Armstrong', a sister to our No.2, worked on the North Sunderland Railway. Our vintage passenger train will also be in service.

Find out more about the North Sunderland Railway here.

Branch Line Train Day - Sunday 16th February

Ride a typical branch line mixed train with waggons full of freight joining your passenger carriages. Keep an eye out for porters loading and unloading all manner of unusual items.

Coal Train Day - Sunday 23rd February

See our demonstration coal train in operation today, a sight once common across the North East! Our vintage passenger train will also be in service.