A big day for the Tyne Valley Community Rail Partnership. It has been the launch with the guests including two MPs of a tri-partite partnership: Ourselves, Newcastle College Rail Academy and Cross Country. The months ahead will see Rail Academy students undertaking practical tasks along the line. Cross Country has funded a classroom and this superb photo montage. In shot is Haltwhistle and the three people (L to R) are TVCRP officer Fiona Forsythe, Chris Leech Cross Country's Business Community Manager and Anna Weeks Northern's North East Region. Commercial Manager.

Newcastle College Rail Academy launch

Hadrian's Wall Line GuideThe sixty miles of railway line between Newcastle and Carlisle  passes through a  UNESCO World Heritage site,  the homes of some of this country's  industrial  giants featuring the birthplace of steam railways, and  borders both the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Northumberland National Park. Additionally several national long distance trails meet the railway including the pioneering Pennine Way.

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You can see a low resolution pdf version of the line guide here.

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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From Sunday 21st May, Off-Peak Day Returns on the Tyne Valley line between Hexham and Newcastle (inclusive) will no longer be subject to the evening peak restriction. This restriction currently prohibits use of Off-Peak Day Returns on all Northern trains leaving Newcastle, Dunston, Metrocentre and Blaydon between 1601 and 1759. Off-Peak tickets will now be valid on all trains in each direction which depart after 0900 Monday to Friday and at all times during weekends and Bank Holidays.

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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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