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Santa visit

Great afternoon out with family. Wrap up warm it can be cold but nice snug cafe at the end of line... read more

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Gateshead, United Kingdom
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North Pole Express

We visit as a family every year for this event. It's a really lovely, traditional Christmas treat... read more

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Jillybeanmarshall
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 October 2018

A must visit.
Enjoyed a day on this little railway with my partners niece & hubbie and their young son (1) & daughter (2) - daughter wanted to see a choo choo.
When we got there and she saw the green saddle tank, she shouted, 'It's Percy.' But then wanted to know where Thomas was.
The World War theme added to the day as it included some singers/players at the two main stations amongst other things.
As a railway, it is different and includes older rolling stock and other items of interest.
Ok the engines are small industrial. The rolling stock is interesting - old 4/6 wheel non bogie coaches, different styles with single compartment, balcony, etc.
You can visit & look round the carriage shed and the original Victorian engine shed and the engines.
Walk round the sidings - find the little old turntable & old engines around it, more old engines, including early 1900 overhead electric trains, more carriages, trucks, including some that look like Rocket may have pulled them, cranes, etc.
Take on OS map and combine with adjoining attractions & walks - footpaths/rights of way/trails. Discover some of the old industry / housing.
The line runs next to the famous Causey Arch and a lovely wooded dene under it. There are accessible footpaths along the whole length (and beyond at Sunniside). Walk through Marley Hill down, via the dene/Causey Arch to East Tanfield Station and ride back or vice versa.
Include in a long weekend - say a visit to Beamish Museum (very close) one day and the railway the next. Gibside is close or, if a bit fitter, walk the old railway to Bowes Railway at Springwell.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Arthur G
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Reviewed 2 October 2018 via mobile

Lovely to see old steam trains up close monsters of the railway lines in days gone by. Well woth a visit.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Debra B
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Reviewed 27 September 2018

for the kids very very nice day out you can have a nice walk round in the woods and fields i had a nice BBQ and my kids loved it

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank joel h
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Reviewed 10 September 2018 via mobile

What a fantastic little place. We hired a carriage on the train for a colleagues retirement party and couldn't thank the staff enough especially John who did his up most to ensure that it remained a surprise for our colleague whilst hiding a large group of people. A super fab day had by all.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Steph W
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Reviewed 4 September 2018

A well established railway and you can see the work being done at East Tanfield with a new carriage shed. Great welcoming people whatever your age or your love of trains. As in previous visits the engine shed was open to the public and their rare locomotives stored outside were available to see and now they have identified many of the locomotives with nearby works numbers so you too can see what is on site. Some sheds locked up, so we didn't see everything but when we asked about the 2 ft narrow gauge railway they arranged for us to go and see it. This place is so friendly that alone should mean you add it as a thing to do whenever you are in the area. Brilliant place to visit

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Ken J
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