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 10.30am and trains are running approximately 1 1/4 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.

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.

A short walk across the bridge takes you to Ford and Etal Visitor Centre and the working watermill, Heatherslaw Corn Mill.

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

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


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

Train times from Heatherslaw: 10:30, 11:45. 13:00, 14:15, 15:30

Train times from Etal: 11:05, 12:20, 13:35, 14:50, 16:05,

There is no advance booking system

Heatherslaw Light Railway closes for the season after the last train runs at 16:00 on 31st October, 2021. Santa Specials run in December but are already fully booked. 

Heatherslaw Light Railway will reopen in Spring 2022.


Adult return journey


Senior Citizen return journey


Child return journey


Under 5s


Babies and Dogs


Opening Times

Heatherslaw Light Railway runs daily. It closes for the season at 16:00 on Sunday 31st October, 2021.

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