Freight in February

Freight in February is our month long celebration recreating the days when everything from coal to cauliflowers went by train! 

Before motorways and HGVs if you wanted something moving, you turned to the railways.. experience these scenes long gone from our everyday lives.

Throughout each event learn about how the local railway station was a key part of life in almost every community and perhaps even have a parcel of your own transported along the line. Can you and your family follow the clues in our parcel treasure hunt to uncover more history of freight transport in the North East? Will you capture a timeless scene on camera?

Make sure to visit the 1854 built Marley Hill engine shed.

Normal ticket prices apply. Pontop Canteen, Andrews House station and East Tanfield station will all be open for refreshments.

Branch Line Day - Sunday 5th February

Ride a typical branch line mixed train with waggons full of freight joining your passenger carriages. Keep an eye out for porters loading and unloading all manner of unusual items.

Click here to view train timetable.

On the Waggon - Sunday 12th & 19th February

Take a space in a brake van and ride a freight train with the unique sights and sounds of waggons rumbling along with you.

We'll be joined by a horse and cart on the 12th February and a Scammell Scarab on the 19th February at Andrews House station to showcase how freight was transported away from the railway station.

Click here to view train timetable.

Coals to Newcastle - Sunday 26th February

See and hear coal trains thundering through the countryside... something that generations of North East families saw every day but now a distant memory for most.

Click here to view train timetable.