On my way home from Appleby in Westmoreland, I went via a scenic route by Alston. The South Tynedale Railway is a two-foot narrow guage heritage railway. The route is two and a quarter miles in length and there are plans to extend the line by a further two and a quarter miles to Slaggyford. It is built on the southern end of the track bed of the disused standard gauge Haltwhistle to Alston Line. This connected with the Newcastle and Carlisle Railway at Haltwhistle and was closed on May 1, 1976.
No. 4 Naworth heads back to the sheds, its work done for the day.
There's more about this locomotive here.
No 9 sits ready to haul the late afternoon train to Kirkhaugh Station.
More about the history of this locomotive is here.
I look forward to returning to Alston later in the summer, taking a trip on the line, and seeing the line's steam engines in operation. These are described here.
Here again is 46201 Princess Elizabeth, now on the Carlisle - York leg of Saturday's railtour, pictured near Gilsland. (More pics on yesterday's post here)
What a great day exploring the north of England!
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