Sunday, October 04, 2015

The Friendly Railway

Five years ago, I visited Alston for the first time, see here. I've been back a number of times since, for example when I first got my wee Mazda (see here). Having recently said goodbye to that car (five years and 72,000 miles later), it seemed appropriate to try out my new wheels (a little Kia Rio) on North Pennine Roads.

The destination was the narrow gauge South Tynedale Railway. What a surprise to find Sir Tom, visiting from Threlkeld Quarry Railway.

Built by Bagnall of Stafford in 1926, find out more about Sir Tom here.

The other locomotive in steam was 0-6-2 saddle tank 'Barber', built by Thomas Green and Company Ltd of Leeds in 1908. Its interesting history can be found here.

Here we are at the end of the line at Lintley Halt. The rake of coaches was top and tailed by the two steam locos.

Looking back down the line towards Alston. The route follows part of the Alston branch of the Newcastle and Carlisle Railway which ran from Haltwhistle to Alston, closed in 1976.

So, Carriage No 7 wasn't just any transport!

And a pleasant ride it was too!

Barber worked at Harrogate Gas Works, hence the association with this wagon.

My experiences at Alston certainly back up the South Tynedale Railway's assertion of being 'the friendly railway'. Geat fun!

Photos © Skip Cottage

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