There’s plenty to occupy all ages during the summer holidays at South Tynedale Railway. Trains will be running every day from 16 July until 1 September and we’ve added some extra activities for the kids!

Each Monday we’re inviting families to ‘pramble’ (amble with your pram) along the South Tyne Trail adjoining the railway track. As you enjoy the view your little ones can try to spot our Treasure Hunt clues. Having reached Kirkhaugh, or even Lintley Halt station, climb aboard the train to make the return journey in comfort - don’t forget to buy single tickets from the shop at Alston station before leaving - and enjoy a refreshing drink on production of that ticket.

On Superhero Tuesdays there will be a competition inviting children young and old to create their own Railway Superhero. What should they be called? What should they wear? What railway superpowers should they have? We’re looking forward to your creative endeavours and there will be a prize!

‘Storytime’ for younger visitors is each holiday Tuesday at 11.45 and 3.30 in the Discovery Centre – superhero fancy dress not obligatory but would add to the fun!

The Discovery Centre screens will also be the place to learn about superhero pioneers of early railways, such as George Stephenson, as well as our own volunteer superheroes at South Tynedale Railway. Added to this will be shown a fascinating visual recreation of early steam engines.

Oh, and quizzes … everyone loves a quiz so we’ve created easy (for kids?) and hard (for parents?) versions to test your railway knowledge … can you become our “Quiz Superhero”?

There’s plenty to fill a summer day at the South Tynedale Railway with train rides to take in our beautiful North Pennine scenery, an ice-cream from the gift shop, a spot of lunch at the Buffer Stop Café (or a picnic take-away) and the Discovery Centre display telling the tale of “Life on the Line – the rise and fall and rise again of a rural railway”.