Tourist and Enthusiast Railways

North East

Heatherslaw Light Railway
"The Lady Augusta" at Heatherslaw Mills
on the Heatherslaw Light Railway
(Photo © 2000 David Enefer)
Aln Valley Railway
Lionheart (near Alnwick) to Greenrigg Bridge, about 1½ miles (2.4 km). Proposed extension to Alnmouth, a further 1½ miles (2.4 km). Standard gauge, diesel hauled. A steam locomotive in in the course of repair.
Beamish Museum
Beamish (near Durham). Open air museum with a standard gauge electric tram route about 1½ miles (2.3 km) in length, and a working replica of an early 19th century steam hauled waggonway about 260 yards (240 m) in length.
Bowes Railway
Springwell (near Gateshead) to Wrekenton: 1 mile (1.6 km) including a rope worked incline, unique in UK preservation. Standard gauge. Steam and diesel hauled. At present operation are restricted to demonstration running at the Springwell site, but the remainder of the line may be restored to use and passenger services provided in the future.
Heatherslaw Light Railway
Heatherslaw Mill (near Coldstream) to Etal village: about 1¾ miles (2.8 km). 15 inch (381 mm) gauge. Steam hauled.
Lakeshore Railroad
South Marine Park, South Shields. Line about 550 yards (500 m) in length, 9½ in (241 mm) gauge. Steam hauled.
National Railway Museum
The museum at Shildon offers train rides on a short line within the museum grounds on certain days. Standard gauge, usually steamed hauled.
North Tyneside Steam Railway
Stephenson Railway Museum, North Shields to Percy Main: about 1¾ miles (2.8 km). Standard gauge. Steam hauled.
Saltburn-by-the-Sea
Tanfield Railway
Sunniside to East Tanfield: 2½ miles (4 km), with a short branch to the principal station at Marley Hill (between Gateshead and Stanley). Standard gauge. Usually steam hauled.
Teesside Small Gauge Railway
Preston Park, near Eaglescliffe. Line about 400 yards (360 m) in length, 5 in (127 mm) / 7¼ in (184 mm) gauge. Steam or battery electric hauled.
Weardale Railway
Stanhope to Witton-le-Wear, 11½ miles (18.7 km); Bishop Auckland West (near Bishop Auckland Northern Rail station) to Witton-le-Wear (a further 4½ miles, 7.0 km) is cleared for passenger service but not in regular use; possible future extension to Eastgate, a further 6¼ miles (10 km); possible future extension of services from Bishop Auckland to Darlington over Network Rail lines. Standard gauge, diesel railcars.
Woodhorn Narrow Gauge Railway
Queen Elizabeth II Country Park, Ashington. 2 ft (610 mm) gauge line about 1000 yards (950 m) in length. Diesel hauled using former industrial locomotives.
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