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Aln Valley Railway

AB615 shunts ballast wagons ready for loading in Lionheart sidings (photo by Roger Jermy) RICHBORO steams along the headshunt, with the replica NER brake van (photo by Pat Murphy)


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Lionheart Enterprise Park, Alnwick NE66 2HT

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4ft 8½in



The Aln Valley Railway project is an ambitious plan to reopen the branch line from Alnmouth to Alnwick, the old county town of Northumberland and the ancestral home of the Duke of Northumberland.

Although the impressive railway station still exists in Alnwick, a road bypass and other commercial developments no longer make it viable to recreate in full the original run of around 3 miles between the two stations. As a result a new railway station and visitor center is being constructed adjacent to the A1 trunk road next to the Lionheart Enterprise Park on the outskirts of Alnwick from where the railway will follow the original trackbed all the way to Alnmouth Station. A cycleway / footpath will run alongside providing a safe traffic-free corridor between Alnwick and the National Cycle Network.

The first part of the reinstated railway opened in 2013.