Access & Facilities

The railway is in the countryside, so largely open to the elements, with rough & sometimes slippery paths, slopes, gaps & steps. Please be aware at stations or in the shed that steam locomotives may have hot surfaces, & emit sudden loud noises & hot dirty stuff.

East Tanfield Station

  • Post code DH9 9UY
  • Large free car park accessed from Tanfield Lane, which leads from the A6076 to Tanfield Village & passes the station.
  • The car park is immediately adjacent to, and on the same level as, the station building & railway.
  • No regular bus service.
  • Open platform with gravel surface.
  • On train operating days only, the car park is open & the station is manned & lit, with toilets inside the building.
  • Inside the station building, the Tommy Armstrong Tea Room provides refreshments on most train operating days.
  • There are nearby public footpaths, eg to Causey Arch station.

  • Post code NE16 5EG
  • Accessed from A6076
  • 600 yards from bus stops on Newcastle to Stanley routes X30 & X31.
  • Large free Durham County Council car park (open daytime) 600 yards away, for Causey Arch Picnic Area.
  • Steep rough public footpath with steps to station - there is an alternative lesser graded public footpath.
  • Open platform with grassed surface. No buildings or toilets.
  • Unmanned & unlit.
  • Trains on operating days only.
  • The station is 50 yards from the oldest railway bridge in the world, Causey Arch built 1727.
  • There are public woodland walks, eg to East Tanfield Station.
  • There is a footpath to Marley Hill Site & Andrews House Station.
  • There is a pub & a cafe 600 yards from the station, near to the car park & bus stops.

Andrews House Station

  • Post code NE16 5ET
  • Accessed from A6076
  • Newcastle to Stanley bus routes X30 & X31 stop nearby.
  • Large free car park, unlit, open 9-5 on operating days, usually 10-4 on others, locked outside these hours. Small always open free car park on opposite side of A6076.
  • 250 yards to station, over some cobbles & a rough gravel ramp.

  • Open gravel/grass surfaced platforms either side of a loop, buildings on west side only.
  • On train operating days only, the station is manned & lit, with refreshments, small gift shop & toilets outside.
  • Access to grass covered east platform via gravel ramps & footbridge.

 

  • The station is 250 yards from our Marley Hill Site, which includes the oldest engine shed in the world.
  • There are nearby bridleways, footpaths & cycle routes.

Sunniside Station

  • Post code NE16 5EF
  • Access is on foot only via a gravel path from the A6076. There is no car park & nowhere close to unload a car.
  • Newcastle to Consett buses X70 & X71 and Stanley buses X30 & X31 stop in Sunniside, 200 yards from the station.
  • Open platform with gravel surface. No buildings or toilets. 
  • Unmanned & unlit.
  • Trains on operating days only.
  • There is an adjacent bridleway (from Gateshead) to Marley Hill Site & Andrews House Station.
  • There are shops & a pub nearby in Sunniside.

Marley Hill Site

  • Post code NE16 5ET
  • Newcastle to Stanley buses X30 & X31 stop nearby.
  • Large free car park, unlit, open 9-5 on operating days, usually 10-4 on others, locked outside these hours. Small always open free car park on opposite side of A6076.
  • Rough unlit paths, some cobbles & a fairly steep slope down from the car park
  • 250 yards from our Andrews House Station 
  • There are nearby bridleways, footpaths & cycle routes.

The Marley Hill site includes:

a) Marley Hill Engine Shed
Built 1854, the oldest in the world still in use.
Public access is available when staff are present.

b) Marley Hill Storage Shed
Public access by prior arrangement, if a guide is available.

c) Marley Hill Carriage Shed
Public access on most train operating days, and otherwise by request if a guide is available. Toilets within.

d) Pontop Canteen
This cafe, inside Marley Hill carriage shed, serves hot food & other refreshments on many train operating days.

e) Marley Hill Workshops
No public access

f) Marley Hill Shed Yard
Open to the public most days of the year.
Paths are rough, unmarked & unlit, with raised rails & other hazards.

g) Marley Hill Station
Closed to passengers & the public.