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.
Trains would normally leave Heatherslaw every hour on the hour from 11am-3pm inclusive and return from Etal on the half hour from 11.30-3.30pm inclusive. However at present, due to Covid-19 safety measures, 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 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.
On returning to Heatherslaw Station you are welcome to browse in the Ticket Office Gift Shop or visit the Railway Room to view the “G” gauge model railway and explore the Imogen Louise Design Gallery in the antique caravan.
A short walk across the bridge takes you to Ford and Etal Visitor Centre and the working watermill, Heatherslaw 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.