Today we held our second heritage open day where we welcomed people into the Old Booking Hall at Haltwhistle to take a look at various bits of railway history as well as up and coming projects. My job for the day was to try and encourage people to sign our visitor’s book. This turned out not to be as hectic as it sounds as I found myself encountering many train enthusiasts and engaging in riveting conservations that involved exchanging train knowledge. The day included various activities that everyone there could take part in. The first of these that I experienced was getting to see the inside of a signal box. I particularly enjoyed this as signal boxes are something my Dad has always spoken to me fondly about over the years. Therefore I took great pleasure in making him jealous by sending him pictures of the inside of the signal box.

Optimized CitadelOn a cold Tuesday morning in September, I found myself navigating Newcastle Central Station, which was surprisingly busy for a weekday morning. I located my seat in the middle carriage and sat opposite a middle-aged woman whom made polite conversation with me regarding the weather and mildly busy train. The woman, who’s name I later learned was Jean, preached about her favourite fish and chip shop in central Carlisle.

The Tyne Valley Community Rail Partnership (TVCRP) will welcome civil servants from the Department of Transport and officers from the Association of Community Rail Partnerships on Thursday 6th April.

The day is marked as the Partnership’s annual review, an opportunity to ‘show and tell’ the work
which this not for profit business undertakes along the rail corridor from Newcastle to Carlisle.

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A warm welcome to Matthew Barrett who joined TVCRP as our Tourism Intern on 1st September 2018. Matthew will be working with the TVCRP team and Northern to promote torurism on the line. This is a one year posting as part of Matthews Busineess Administration Degree course at Northumbria Univeristy. We wish Matthew every success in the next year and look forward to working with him.

Gareth Mary and Simon with Wylam Signal Box imagesResidents in Wylam have viewed the village’s ‘hidden spaces’ thanks to sponsorship from the Tyne Valley Community Rail Partnership.

Last Autumn, Wylam Winter Tales, a community based art festival approached TVCRP with an idea to base a photographic exhibition, entitled ‘Hidden Wylam’ on Wylam’s iconic signal box and station building.

‘The signal box sits high above the railway line’ said Mary Bythell from Wylam Winter Tales ‘As villagers, our journeys through the village are punctuated by sitting at the level crossing waiting for trains to pass. We look up at the signal box and wonder what’s happening inside, what the view is like and about the people that occupy it. So the idea for a photographic exhibition which could answer those questions was born’.

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