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Tanfield Railway

Tanfield Railway Tanfield Railway


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Old Marley Hill, Gateshead NE16 5ET

3 mile



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4ft 8½in



The World's Oldest Railway

With an unparalleled history dating back to 1725, spectacular scenery and a truly unique atmosphere, it is no wonder that the Tanfield Railway is the North East's biggest and most popular steam railway.

Less than half an hour from Newcastle and within easy reach of Tyneside, Wearside and County Durham, steam trains run every Sunday and Bank Holiday on a picturesque six mile round trip from Sunniside in Gateshead to East Tanfield near Stanley.

A great day out for families and history fans alike,Europe's oldest working engine shed and the world's oldest railway bridge as well as riding on the world's oldest railway makes a visit a must for anyone with an interest in our proud railway heritage.