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While Sophie and I were visiting the Stephenson Heritage Railway, (post on that HERE) a gentleman saw us taking pictures, and came over to tell us we might like to visit the heritage railway that he was involved in, the Aln Valley Railway.  Great idea we thought, and we decided to go when they also had a war re-enactment thing going on.

The aim of the volunteers is to reopen the Alnwick to Alnmouth railway line.  The original station in Alnwick is now home to Barter Books

so a brand new railway station and visitor center has been constructed by volunteers on the outskirts of Alnwick from where the railway follows the original trackbed towards Alnmouth Station.

The first thing we did was have a ride on the train.

Our ride

the carriages were a bit less shabby

and the journey was shorter, but some lovely views across Northumberland

They had quite a few trains in their workshops and at the station

The train we went on

needs a bit of work!

to be restored

our chauffeurs


Next time we’ll have a look at the WW2 stuff going on at the station, so stay tooned!

28 comments on “Aln Valley Railway – July 2019 – Part 1

  1. beetleypete says:

    Always nice to see the dedicated work of the volunteers. Alnwick is a good location too.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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    1. Cheers Pete they are sterling chaps and chapesses.

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  2. Sue says:

    Looks a great little line!

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  3. Wow! What a nice unexpected change to your outing!

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    1. Yes indeed! Cheers Marland 🙂

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  4. Wonderful pictures! I love the one with the driver looking down in the steam. The landscapes are gorgeous too. Lucky country with such neat little railway lines still in operation.

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    1. The y are such fun! Cheers Peter.

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  5. Photo A Day says:

    Great. Looks like model trains…only you can ride in them!

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    1. It is like a big Hornby set!


  6. kmSalvatore says:

    Very kool Fraggy, both Dave and I love trains. How could ya not?, anyway, still no WiFi , , but I’m alive and kick’n. Sitting in Starbucks at the moment, , hopefully next week I’ll have WiFi.
    Just want to let ya know I’m still alive 😘

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    1. How ya doing out there? Do you know people there?


    2. Hang on, going to messenger.


  7. The countryside appeals to me. I think trains are great. Thanks for the ride !

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  8. April Munday says:

    What fun. It’s years since I’ve been on a steam train. Perhaps I should give it another go.

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    1. If you have a Heritage Railway near you April you should give it a visit, it is cool to ride on one.

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      1. April Munday says:

        The Watercress Line is my nearest, so I’ll investigate.

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        1. I had a quick look on their website, it looks fab! And you can book to drive a train, Sophie did that and loved it.

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          1. April Munday says:

            It does go through a pretty part of the county.

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  9. I haven’t been on a train ride since I was a child. This looks lovely.

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    1. Thanks Kim it was a fun day!

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  10. ortensia says:

    Just realised I was not following you anymore😱I hate when wp dies that but I refollowed you😀

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  11. richlakin says:

    Fantastic pics, especially the chauffeurs. What a great shot. Keep trying to get my father in law involved as he was a mining engineer and would love it….

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