Heatherslaw Light Railway

Heatherslaw Light Railway Heatherslaw Light Railway

The Heatherslaw Light Railway is the most northerly steam railway in England.
Travel on the 15” gauge railway pulled by the steam locomotives “Bunty” and “Lady Augusta” or the diesel engine “Binky” between Heatherslaw and Etal Castle, a return journey of 6.4km that takes 20-25 minutes.

The first train from Heatherslaw is at 11:00am and trains are running hourly from Heatherslaw. All tickets are for return journeys and can be purchased at the Ticket Office or at Etal Station from the guard. There is no advance booking system. There is a choice of fully enclosed or partly glazed coaches to keep you dry, even on the wettest of days.

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 many residents you may spot along the way.

At Heatherslaw, a short walk across the bridge takes you to Boes Cafe, Heatherslaw Corn Mill, a working water mill and heritage museum where grain is ground into flour, Ford & Etal Visitor Centre where you learn all about the attractions in the area and the history of the Estates. There are also shops and a pottery.

Why not break up your journey at Etal and visit Etal Castle, 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 website for details or follow the Railway on Facebook.

Train times from Heatherslaw: 11:00, 12:00. 13:00, 14:00, 15:00

Train times  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

There is no advance booking system, tickets are purchased from the Ticket Office at Heatherslaw, or at Etal Station from the guard.

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

Santa Specials will run on the weekends of 10th/11th December 2022 and 17th/18th, 2022.


Adult return journey


Senior Citizen return journey


Child return journey


Infant under 5


Babes in arms






Opening Times

Heatherslaw Light Railway opens for the season on Saturday, 2nd April, 2022, trains run daily.

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