Brampton (Cumbria) is a station on the Newcastle – Carlisle line. For many years it was known as Brampton Junction, as when the line was built the Earl of Carlisle did not want the railway going anywhere near his property so this rural station is rather remote and was linked to Brampton Town by a short branch line. This closed as long ago as 1923, and is now a footpath. Brampton is managed by Northern and has a two hourly train service, but it is hoped this will be improved in subsequent timetable changes.

Tyne Valley Community Rail Partnership (TVCRP) are pleased to announce for the first time they have won a national award for Outstanding Volunteer Contribution.

The national Community Rail Award event organised by the Association of Community Rail Partnerships was held in Telford on 3 October. The Award event showcases the work and varied initiatives of the 68 community rail partnerships and 1000 station adoption groups throughout the United Kingdom.

 

Taking the Railway to the Community in the Tyne Valley.

The last few weeks have been very busy for the volunteers of the Tyne Valley Community Rail Partnership, as they promote the Tyne Valley Railway and the operator Northern.

Last month the TVCRP took part in Community Rail in the City at Glasgow Central Station. Our Tourism Intern, Matthew Barrett, constructed a model of the Roman Wall which was painted by the Platform Painters of Haltwhistle. As the Tyne Valley Railway runs through Hadrian's Wall Country, it seemed such a waste to use this wall for only one event, it has been adapted and has now been used on several occasions to promote the railway and several Hadrian's Wall attractions.

Always keen to ensure the love of railways is passed on to a new generation, Tyne Valley Community Rail Partnership was delighted to be approached by a local school asking for a Work Experience Placement for one of its pupils. Matthew Parker, a pupil in year 12 at Prudhoe Community High School has joined the TVCRP for a week of work experience. Fiona Forsythe, the TVCRP Officer drew up an interesting week of work for Matthew. “There is a lot to find out and it's not just like being on a railway”, said Matthew.

As part of the franchise agreement Northern and the Tyne Valley Community Rail Partnership have appointed Station Ambassadors, a group of volunteers who will look after their stations and make them look attractive for the passengers. Ambassadors have recently been appointed at Blaydon and already have begun to make their presence felt.