Our Heritage - Heritage Open Days

OUR HERITAGE (HERITAGE OPEN DAYS) - 7th to 10th September

Soak in the atmosphere of the oldest working engine shed in the world, used to house & repair steam locomotives since 1854.


Enjoy close up our collection of steam, electric & diesel locomotives, plus industrial & light railway vehicles, many with Victorian heritage, which were built or worked in North East England. Choose on the day from a selection of tours, talks & walks about the Tanfield Railway, the oldest operational railway in the world, having started in 1725 as a horse drawn waggonway to take coal to the Tyne.


View displays & videos about the history of local industrial railways. Ask our guides about the range of opportunities for working on our railway as a volunteer.

Opening Times:
Thursday 7th September: Talks & tours 11.00am - 3.00pm
Friday 8th September: Talks & tours 11.00am - 3.00pm
Saturday 9th September: Talks & tours 10.00am - 4.00pm
Sunday 10th September: Talks & tours 10.00am - 4.00pm, steam trains 10.30am - 3.45pm

Booking Details
No booking required

Access
The site is largely open to the elements, with raised rails & uneven gravel paths between car park and sheds - please wear suitable outdoor clothing & footwear. Wheelchair users can, with care & effort, access much of the site. Some talks & tours are in the open, others in sheds. Walks are longer, and may only be suitable for those used to country footpaths.

Additional information
Max 10 people per tour/session. The Tanfield Railway operates steam hauled passenger trains every Sunday, and selected other days throughout the year. We do not intend to run trains on Thursday, Friday or Saturday of the Heritage Open Days, but they will run & can be seen on Sunday. Our normal fares apply if you optionally decide to travel on the train.

For more information on Heritage Open Days click here.