Have you considered the local Rail Academy as a further education option?

Part of the tripartite group with partners the Rail Academy and CrossCountry Trains, we have looked at ways in which we can help people to develop the skills required to be the rail employees of the future. CrossCounty have remained committed to this partnership, funding a classroom for Academy students.  

Students have visited Haltwhistle during our Heritage Open Day events when they had the opportunity to meet former signalmen and learn about railway signalling; look at the redundant railway buildings and see the plans for their current redevelopment.  Courses include introduction to the rail industry, rail engineering, and rail industry customer service.

You can learn more about the courses offered by the Rail Academy here.

If you are looking for a week-long placement? Would you  like an insight into the varied work of a Community Rail Partnership and a glimpse of what the rail industry can offer?

We can offer a week-long placement for a young person interested in a number of careers. 

Read about the varied week experienced by our placement Matthew in 2019. Contact Fiona to discuss what we can offer

We have also been able to offer internships for University students. 

Our intern in 2022 is Izzy, an international student from Hong Kong studying at Newcastle University.  

Read her first blog for us about her visit to Glasgow from Newcastle by train


HaBardon Mill ve you thought of using public transport when planning your next walk? 

Go by train to Bardon Mill and walk to Vindolanda or The Sill National Discovery Centre and explore one or both of these attractions.  With some spectacular views of the Tyne Valley area to enjoy, why not leave the car at home and have an adventure on the train.

We have produced a leaflet to help you plan your day including a map and directions as well as ideas for places to eat and drink.  You can download a copy of our leaflet here.



As well as the obvious jobs - drivers, train managers and conductors, staff working at stations – there is a huge range of opportunities in marketing, finance, management, human resources, train planning, engineering, catering, signalling and more.


Many train companies offer industry placements for university students.

In 2018-19, with the support of CrossCountry, we were able to provide a student with an internship and it is hoped that we will be able to do so again in the future

It is twelve months since work began on site at Haltwhistle to refurbish the waiting rooms and redundant buildings.  Read the latest update by our Projects Director and view images of the mprovements here.  Since the report was written, the pv panels have been fitted to the roof of the building on Platform 1.

PV Panels on the Roof Work on Platform 1 building