Welcome to the Heatherslaw Light Railway (The most northerly steam railway in England).
Travel on our 15 inch gauge railway from Heatherslaw Station to Etal Castle on a return journey of 6.4km. On quiet days or bad weather we may have our new diesel in service which we will be launching and naming at the beginning of the 2015 season. The coaches are all fitted with roofs to keep the rain off and offer a variety of fully enclosed, partly glazed, and fully open seating to suit all weather conditions. There are two wheelchair compartments provided for disabled passengers.
There is free parking available at Heatherslaw Station and Etal Castle. You are welcome to board the train at Etal Station; return tickets can be purchased from the Guard, but this is a cash only service. Passengers wishing to pay with a credit or debit card will have to use the Ticket Office at Heatherslaw Station.
The Railway runs along the banks of the River Till giving you stunning views of the Northumberland countryside. You also have the opportunity to spot some of the local wildlife that live on the riverbank, including swans, herons, ducks and even the occasional otter.
Why not break your journey at Etal Station and visit Etal Castle, or walk the short distance up to Etal Village with its thatched cottages and pub, or visit the Lavender Tearoom for refreshments, before catching a later train back to Heatherslaw.
On your return to Heatherslaw Station you are welcome to browse in the Ticket Office gift shop, or climb the stairs up to the Model Railway Room to view our “G” gauge layout. Press the red button to make the trains work. Also on site in the Railway yard is our antique “Fowler” traction engine tool van. In the caravan you can view and purchase crafts made by local craftsmen at Errol Hut Smithy and Woodwork.
A short walk across the footbridge takes you to Ford and Etal Visitor centre and the working watermill, Heatherslaw Mill. The Heatherslaw Tearoom is also available to provide refreshments. There are toilet facilities near the visitor centre at Heatherslaw Mill and also at Etal Castle.
There are special rates available for school parties and coach tours. Please make enquiries regarding parties, train times and booking information at the Ticket Office on 01890 820244. For any other enquiries please call 01890 820317.
The management and staff thank you for your support, and look forward to welcoming you to the Heatherslaw Light Railway.