Explore the North from the Tyne Valley Railway
With regular train services operating between Carlisle and Newcastle, the railway gets you to the heart of Hadrian's Wall country where you can visit many Roman sites. Or, if Roman heritage does not appeal, there are National Trust, English Heritage and other properties to visit; it is great walking and cycling country with some great places to eat, drink and stay. Click here to find out more
There are great connections to trains from elsewhere in the country at Carlisle and Newcastle. Or if you are arriving at Newcastle Airport, take the Metro to Newcastle Station for a connection to the Tyne Valley Line.
New Trains in the Tyne Valley Line
February saw the cascade of un-refurbished stock arriving in the Tyne Valley line in the form of 156's and 158's from Manchester or Scot Rail. These are very comfortable but in need of some tlc.
Tuesday 6th March was “Northern Digital Trains Stakeholder Day – North East”. In the morning Northern held a conference for key stakeholders which included business updates from Anna Weeks, Interim Regional Director North East, and Kerry Cross, Head of Trains and Stations North East, and presentations from the Digital Trains Project Team.
The Tyne Valley Community Rail Partnership (TVCRP) Officer, Fiona Forsythe, was invited to present a paper on the achievements of the TVCRP. The meeting was highly technical but as a reward to the Stakeholders, Northern gave a lunch for them and the offer of a journey on a newly refurbished 158. The Stakeholders from the TVCRP were invited to board the 13.20 train to Morpeth, which was number 158849 which looked very splendid in its refurbished colours. This train began service at Carlisle and travelled along the Tyne Valley to Newcastle before continuing along the main line calling at all stations to Morpeth.
We boarded the shiny train and admired the new wi-fi points. The seats were very hard but I may have got used to them as I suffered no ill effects when I arrived back in Newcastle. We also admired the seat reservation signs, ready for the Northern Connect services and an indicator board which will show platform connections as the train approaches Newcastle, thus helping passengers with their ongoing connections.
The train set away on time and as we were on the main line we soon reached a good turn of speed. These 158's can reach 90 mph permitted on this line whereas the Tyne Valley line has speed restrictions.Read more ...
Tyne and Wear Heritage Forum Fringe Events
We are delighted to be working with Tyne and Wear Heritage Forum to offer three train and guided walks as a fringe to the main conferenence.
Taking place on Friday 22nd March, the day before TWHF's conference, these train and guided walks explore 'heritage trails' in three communities in the Tyne Valley.Read more ...
Our objectives, representation and governance explained.
- Increase community involvement in the railway and encourage the railway industry to engage with communities
- Develop the social and economic benefits which a railway can bring to its community
- Find new use for out of use railway buildings
- Encourage all to travel safely
A wider view of the role and objectives of a Community Rail Partnership can be found on ACoRP's website here.
Our core aim is to promote, strengthen and protect the role of the Tyne Valley Railway Line for residents, tourists, employees, and service providers.
The Partnership Board consists of representatives of local stakeholders and others with an interest in promoting and protecting the railway as a sustainable means of transport. Read more..
TVCRP is a not for profit company limited by Guarantee, employing a part-time officer. The board comprises voluntary directors, officers from the rail industry and other key sectors and co-opted individuals who bring skills and experience in specific areas. TVCRP operates a ‘portfolio’ board in which directors/co-opted members each hold a specific portfolio of interest.
The Partnership has a number of member organisations (local councils, business development organisations etc), who are considered shareholders on the payment of a small annual subscription. They also have input to shaping our annual action plans. We welcome enquiries from potential member organisations.
Community Ambassadors are the local link between the Partnership and the communities served by the railway. They help us deliver information about service changes, events on the line, news and developments on a local basis, as well as providing the Partnership with feedback and insights on how the railway and communities can work more closely together.
Station Adopters are community groups who keep an close eye on the stations along the line on behalf of the Partnership and Northern. They monitor the overall condition of their nominated station and help report any faults which may arise, thereby keeping the Tyne Valley line presentable for all who use it. We are seeking Station Adoptors for Blaydon, Brampton and the Metro Centre. Can you help? Please contact the TVCRP Officer if you are interested in helping.
Faults and Damage
Our offer to Education
Working closely with Northern Railway, we have a great offer for school visits, including:
- Contact with TVCRP Officer to plan your day out to Haltwhistle
- Complimentary return rail travel from any station between Newcastle and Carlisle to/from Haltwhistle (TVCRP Officer will accompany you on your journey)
- A safety briefing to your students covering travelling safely and the dangers of playing near tracks
- Maths activities to do whilst on the journey to Haltwhistle
- Diverse range of educational activities once at Haltwhistle, covering areas such as maths, art, geography, engineering, history, the environment
Your visit will be hosted in and around The Old Booking Hall at Haltwhistle, a refurbished Grade II listed structure with a unisex accessible toilet, small kitchen area, the original booking office windows, complete with desk and ticket racks.
Visits can be tailored to meet the needs of different age groups - please contact contact the TVCRP Officer to discuss options in the first instance.
Stations on the Route - plus one in the pipeline!
Passengers on the first day of the completed line
Years of Operation
Closed stations along the current route
Can you name them?
TVCRP Board of Directors...
(Hover/touch over an image and click on the underlined title for more information.)
Malcolm was a founder director of TVCRP in 2004, and has been its chair since 2015.
Philip has been a Board Member since 2009 and jointly holds the Building Portfolio.
Dr Gareth Evans
Since 2013, Gareth has been an active board member of TVCRP, and Communications Director since 2016.
Colin has been a Director of TVCRP since January, 2016 and Finance Director since April 2017.
Board member for eight years since 2009 and jointly holds the Building Portfolio.
TVCRP are involved in a number of intiatives long the line. Read the summaries below and click on the links to find out more.
The Folk Train runs on an ad hoc basis and meets in different locations - announcements are made nearer the time, watch our Social Media. The image below is of Dave and Freya on the Folk Train to Hexham in October 2017.
The Old Booking Hall at Haltwhistle is available as a meeting room, training hub etc.
Newcastle Rail College Academy. A big day for the Tyne Valley Community Rail Partnership. It has been the launch with the guests including two MPs of a tri-partite partnership: Ourselves, Newcastle College Rail Academy and Cross Country.