A new train on the Tyne Valley Line at Newcastle Station, February 2019February saw the cascade of un-refurbished stock arriving in the Tyne Valley line in the form of 156's and 158's from Manchester or Scot Rail. These are very comfortable but in need of some tlc.

Tuesday 6th March was “Northern Digital Trains Stakeholder Day – North East”. In the morning Northern held a conference for key stakeholders which included business updates from Anna Weeks, Interim Regional Director North East, and Kerry Cross, Head of Trains and Stations North East, and presentations from the Digital Trains Project Team.

The Tyne Valley Community Rail Partnership (TVCRP) Officer, Fiona Forsythe, was invited to present a paper on the achievements of the TVCRP. The meeting was highly technical but as a reward to the Stakeholders, Northern gave a lunch for them and the offer of a journey on a newly refurbished 158. The Stakeholders from the TVCRP were invited to board the 13.20 train to Morpeth, which was number 158849 which looked very splendid in its refurbished colours. This train began service at Carlisle and travelled along the Tyne Valley to Newcastle before continuing along the main line calling at all stations to Morpeth.

TWHF LogoWe are delighted to be working with Tyne and Wear Heritage Forum to offer three train and guided walks as a fringe to the main conferenence.

Taking place on Friday 22nd March, the day before TWHF's conference, these train and guided walks explore 'heritage trails' in three communities in the Tyne Valley.

Matthew delivering his presentation to the conference audience

Tyne Valley Community Rail Partnership’s (TVCRP) Tourism Development Intern has taken the area by storm following a recent presentation in front of over 100 local businesses.

Matthew Barrett, appointed September 2018 from Northumbria University, was introduced to the partnership to strengthen the knowledge of tourism in the area, as well as develop new relationships with visitor attractions.

Since Matthew’s appointment TVCRP now have a collection of detailed reports relating to travel and tourism along the route, he’s updating the TVCRP website and in the process of planning the Partnership’s biggest Community Rail in the City event to date, set to be held in May at Glasgow Central Station.

Arguably his biggest achievement so far was presenting the report he put together ‘How to Improve Tourism by Rail’ at the annual Hadrian’s Wall Partnership Conference Day, hosted by Lady Jane Gibson.

Gillian, Tom, Heather and Lorna - The Platform Painters at Haltwhistle StationHaltwhistle Station in Northumberland was very fortunate to escape the mass demolition and substitution with bus shelters that was the fate of many of the stations in the Tyne Valley. The Old Booking Hall, Signal Box, Water Tower, and Waiting Rooms still remain. The Old Booking Office has become the Education Centre for the Tyne Valley Community Rail Partnership (TVCRP).

During the next few weeks you will see enhancements to the TVCRP website.  We are adding lots of information about the Tyne Valley area, its visitor attractions and things to do.  

We welcome your feedback and suggestions so please contact us  if you feel we have failed to mention something which will be useful to rail passengers and visitors to the area.

2019 should be an exciting year for the Tyne Valley Railway