Woodhorn's railway project celebrates 25 years

A project keeping alive a small part of Ashington’s mining history is celebrating its silver anniversary.

By David Sedgwick
Thursday, 18 July, 2019, 10:39
A locomotive at the Woodhorn Narrow Gauge Railway.

Woodhorn Narrow Gauge Railway, whose main platform is at Woodhorn Museum, is celebrating 25 years of Heritage Railway service to the community this year.

The project – run by a team of dedicated volunteers – operates three locomotives, three carriages and two accessible carriages, plus a guard’s van.

Operating each Saturday and Sunday, it takes passengers from the main platform to one at Lakeside Halt, on the edge of the QE2 Country Park, where they can enjoy views of the lake and wildlife while also learning about how the trains are maintained.

As part of the celebrations, volunteers have released Volume 5 of the popular Railway Stories, which look at the work going on, the wildlife around the railway, and the men who keep the history of the mining industry alive. Proceeds from the sale of the books go to support the work of the railway.

A spokesperson for the project said: “During the year events take place to celebrate the anniversary and as well as riding the train, passengers can learn about how the railway works and what it takes to be able to drive one of the locomotives.

“The object of the Heritage Railway is to keep alive their connection with an industry that played a major roll in the region’s working life and to give passengers the chance to take a ride on a piece of history.”