Our Heritage - Heritage Open Days

OUR HERITAGE (HERITAGE OPEN DAYS) - 15th, 16th, 17th, 21st & 22nd 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.

Booking Details
No booking required

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 the Monday and Tuesday of the Heritage Open Days, but they will run & can be seen on Sunday 15th, Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd September. Our normal fares apply if you optionally decide to travel on the train.

For more information on Heritage Open Days click here.