Tanfield Railway Association

The Tanfield Railway Association (TRA) has been in existence for over 30 years and in 2009/10 the organisation took on a revitalised format with a written constitution for the first time.


The TRA is a membership focussed organisation and needs to be able to meet the needs and aspirations of its members whilst at the same time contributing towards the goals of the wider Tanfield Railway.

The Tanfield Railway Association fund raises and contributes to specific projects on the Tanfield Railway so you can see visible benefit going in to our wonderful heritage. Our latest donations have included monies towards the restoration of the Lambton, Hetton & Joicey Collies brake van, and to paint for the exterior of the new building at East Tanfield station, for example.

The TRA has a defined development plan to further support the Tanfield Railway, this can be broken down into three clear themes:

  • Ensure Sustainability
  • Increase the contribution to the goals of the Tanfield Railway
  • Improve the satisfaction of members

To Join the TRA or view the benefits of membership please click here.