Heatherslaw Light Railway

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Heatherslaw Light Railway is the most northerly steam railway in England.
This fifteen-inch gauge railway runs through beautiful countryside alongside the River Till between Heatherslaw and Etal Castle, a return journey of 6.4km that takes 20-25 minutes each way. Carriages are pulled by the steam locomotives ‘Bunty’ and ‘Lady Augusta’, or by the diesel engine ‘Binky’. The service operates seven days a week in season (1st April-5th Nov, 2023).

The first train runs from Heatherslaw Station at 11:00am and on the hour thereafter according to the timetable below. Return journeys from Etal run on the half-hour with the first train at 11:30.

All tickets are for return journeys and can be purchased at Heatherslaw Station Ticket Office, or at Etal Station from the guard, see prices below. There is no advance booking system.

The railway runs along the banks of the River Till giving you wonderful views of the Northumberland countryside and Cheviot Hills. Swans, heron, ducks and the occasional otter are some of the wildlife you may spot along the way. On sunny days keep an eye out for hares basking in the fields.

A journey on Heatherslaw Light Railway is enchanting whatever the weather and there is a choice of fully enclosed or partly glazed coaches, subject to availability, to keep you dry, even on the wettest of days.

At Heatherslaw, a short walk across the bridge takes you to Heatherslaw Corn Mill, a working water mill and heritage museum where grain is ground into flour. Learn all about the local attractions at Ford & Etal Visitor Centre and find out more about the history of the Estates. You will also find craft and gift shops, and Boes Cafe.

Why not break up your journey at Etal and visit Etal Castle, an English Heritage property, or walk the short distance up to picturesque Etal Village and visit the Lavender Tearoom or the Black Bull Inn for refreshments before catching the next train back to Heatherslaw.

Special events run throughout the season, please see the Heatherslaw Light Railway website for details or follow the Railway on Facebook.

Dogs are welcome on the trains.

Trains from Heatherslaw: 11:00, 12:00. 13:00, 14:00, 15:00 

Trains  from Etal: 11:30, 12:30, 13:30, 14:30, 15:30 



  • Free car parking.
  • Wheelchair accessible (where possible please phone in advance).
  • Cafe across the bridge
  • Public toilets across the bridge

Group and party bookings are welcome – groups must be booked in advance, please telephone for details. Maximum capacity is 90 adults.



Adult return journey


Family of 4


Family of 3


Child under 18 return journey


Infant under 5


Babes in arms and under 2






Opening Times

Dec 2023: Trains run for the Santa Specials 9th/10th and 16th/17th December 2023

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