Today I set off on my tour of Hadrian’s Wall with Colin, the finance director of the partnership. We started by heading from Bardon mill up to Gilsland. I was first shown the old train station at Gilsland, the current building could only be described as a very large old house. Hopefully this station is set to be reopened and modernized. It was clear from the location of this station why it would be very beneficial to be reopened. It is positioned in the perfect place for a walker to get straight off the train and begin their day exploring the wall. Gilsland also homes a lovely little town with the Samson Inn just 20 yards from the station which is the perfect lunch stop.

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.

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.

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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