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he Trust was formed as a Company Limited by Guarantee, not having a share capital, and is a Registered Charity. The Trust owns much of the land used by the Railway, and some of the locos & rolling stock. It is the governing body and works in conjunction with the operating company.
The aims of the Trust remain as advancement of education by acquiring, housing, exhibiting, conserving, restoring and repairing objects and items relating to Industrial and Minor Railways of the North East. This includes, locomotives, carriages, wagons and other items of interest, including vintage workshop items, maps, and plans, and to promote the local locomotive builders.
Minor and Industrial railways would include Ashington Coal Co., South Shields and Marsden, Backworth Collieries, North Sunderland, Alne and Easingwold etc.
Locomotive builders would include Hawthorn Leslie, Robert Stephenson, Black Hawthorn, Armstrong Whitworth, Robert Stephenson and Hawthorns and also NER Gateshead works.
The Trust aims to promote a heritage theme to our visitors and to provide an alternative to many main line preservation schemes.
To this extent we have promoted the use of the style of carriages as used on colliery lines that ran passenger services, for example Ashington Coal, South Shields and Marsden Railways, using mainly ex main line carriages adapted for their own use.
We look to a period being 1920 to 1950 but not beyond.
To this extent the Trust loans/hires items to Tanfield Railway in order to run passenger and freight trains to provide the whole image of the 'Railway'.
24 June 2018