Tanfield Railway


Laying claim to be ‘the world’s oldest railway’ this preserved steam railway is a great day out for families and history fans alike. The railway, or waggonway as it was known at the time, was built in 1725 and is considered to be a triumph of engineering over nature. It was a clear signal that a new industrial age was upon the world and that railways would play a massive part.  

Tanfield Railway is simply not to be missed with its incredible history and the stunning scenery of the surrounding countryside. Steam teams run throughout the year and on a Thursday, Saturday and Sunday during the school holidays. A North Polar Express service also runs from late November carrying Christmas visitors in a variety of vintage carriages.

There is still plenty to see and do when trains are not running. Visitors can explore Britain’s oldest working engine shed at Marley Hill and take a walk through the woods via the Tanfield Railway path to Causey Arch  which the is the world’s oldest surviving single arch railway bridge.

Opening Times

Tanfield Railway (1 Jan 2020 - 31 Dec 2020)

* Steam trains run on Sundays between 10.30 am and 4 pm, plus many other and special event days.

Details and fares are available at or phone 07508 092365.



Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult£10.00 per ticket type
Child£6.00 per ticket type
Children under 5Free
Family (2 adults + 2 children)£26.00 per ticket type
Senior Citizen£8.00 per ticket type

Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.

Map & Directions

Public Transport Directions

Nearest station is Newcastle.  Underground to Gateshead Metro - X30/X31 bus to railway (Mon-Sat).  X30 bus to railway (Sun).  Any bus to Sunniside (daily).

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  • All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
  • Ramp / Level Access
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors


  • On-Site café/restaurant - Small tea room serving hot drinks and sweets on train operating days only.
  • Picnic Site

Languages spoken

  • German spoken
  • Italian spoken

Parking & Transport

  • On site parking

Payment Methods

  • Groups Accepted
  • Max group size - 30
  • Min group size - 15

Provider Facilities

  • Toilets

Target Markets

  • Family Fun
  • Marketed Towards Senior Citizens

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups

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