Tanfield Railway


Telephone: 07508 092365


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The measures we have put in place:

  • Book train tickets in advance. To help us maintain capacity we are asking all passengers to pre-book their tickets online
  • Enhanced cleaning regimes. We will be cleaning carriage compartments after each service and increase cleaning regimes within station buildings and toilets
  • Hand Sanitiser Stations will be provided for you to use
  • Contactless payments for all refreshment and retail purchases
  • Social distancing and one-way systems in place
  • Toilets are available at East Tanfield and Andrews House stations. There are no toilets onboard the train

How you can help when visiting us:

  • Visit in family groups from the same household or support bubbles
  • Wear a face covering within station buildings and when boarding and alighting your compartment
  • Wash your hands often and use the hand sanitising stations provided
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Observe social distancing and follow one-way systems

Laying claim to be ‘the world’s oldest railway’ this preserved steam railway is a great day out for families and history fans alike. The railway, or waggonway as it was known at the time, was built in 1725 and is considered to be a triumph of engineering over nature. It was a clear signal that a new industrial age was upon the world and that railways would play a massive part.

Tanfield Railway is simply not to be missed with its incredible history and the stunning scenery of the surrounding countryside. Steam teams run throughout the year and on a Thursday, Saturday and Sunday during the school holidays. A North Polar Express service also runs from late November carrying Christmas visitors in a variety of vintage carriages.

There is still plenty to see and do when trains are not running. Visitors can explore Britain’s oldest working engine shed at Marley Hill and take a walk through the woods via the Tanfield Railway path to Causey Arch which the is the world’s oldest surviving single arch railway bridge.

Useful Information

Opening Hours

Train times vary - visit Tanfield Railway's website for up-to-date timings

Telephone: 07508 092365



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