A Ride on the Line
The platform to board our trains is located in the middle of the colliery yard. All our passenger trains are steam hauled using one of our Barclay saddle tanks. Passengers can travel in one of three authentic brake vans, giving the passenger a real railwayman’s view and experience of working locomotives at close quarters.The train rumbles over the points in Springwell yard, once over the level crossing the engine works hard up the incline. On one side of the train is the quarry whilst from the other you can see out across County Durham, reaching the top of the climb the train leaves the main line onto the Pelaw main curve. After a short distance Blackhams hill platform is reached. Carrying on around the curve, passing the old chapel and Waggon Inn public house the line enters a shallow cutting. This part of the line has a more rural feel, with horses in the adjoining fields and lots of local wildlife. Leaving the cutting the train reaches the top of the climb, coasting down to the loop at Wrekenton. Here the engine will uncouple and run around the train ready for the journey back to Springwell. The line is followed most of the way by the Bowes railway path which provides views of our trains as well as a way to stretch the legs for the more energetic.