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Tanfield Railway

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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.

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

Telephone: 07508 092365



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