Heritage Open Days in the Tyne Valley are now becoming a regular annual event. Buildings all over the country which are normally closed to the public are open during Heritage Open Days for the public to visit and see behind the scenes.


Ian Stevens (Academy of Rail,, Newcastle College) Fiona Forsythe, Alex Bray Stakeholder Liaison Manager XC in Signal Box)This is a large undertaking for a relatively small partnership such as Tyne Valley Community Rail Partnership but the volunteers all look forward to it. This year we were helped by have two glorious days of warm weather. With the help of Network Rail and Northern, Haltwhistle Station was open to the public to explore. The Old Booking Hall, still with all its old fixtures and fittings, is now the Education Centre for TVCRP, while Network Rail opened the iconic signal box now sadly decommissioned and replaced by a Portakabin, and is now used as a Network Rail office. On this occasion it was staffed by two former signalmen, both TVCRP Board members and a current signalman based at Low Row signal box.

Over the weekend we welcomed over 200 visitors as well as 31 students and staff from Newcastle College, Academy of Rail and Built Environment, providing a curriculum resource in terms of civil engineering in waiting rooms and walks, along with an introduction to signalling and introducing the work of a Community Rail Partnership.

TVCRP were able to showcase some of the wonderful people and projects we work with.


Over the days we met

Heritage Open Days gives TVCRP an opportunity to discuss with the public in a relaxed atmosphere about the work of the CRP.

Hopefully during the two days the TVCRP was able to show our passengers there is much more to the railway than just buying a ticket from the machine.

Notes to Editors.

The Tyne Valley Community Rail Partnership is a not for profit limited company. TVCRP Officer is Fiona Forsythe who may be contacted on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 07810885223.