Please support Tanfield Railway

The Tanfield Railway is within sight of its 300th anniversary in 2025. But the coronavirus pandemic has brought unprecedented times. We need your support to ensure the world's oldest railway can continue to help many thousands of people every year enjoy and learn about the north east's railway heritage. For decades our dedicated volunteers have worked hard to ensure that we can be a self sufficient and sustainable railway during normal times, sadly these are not normal times.

To ensure that our skilled team can continue with projects for visitors to enjoy, like the restoration of Horden and Marley Hill engine shed, once the coronavirus outbreak is under control, we need your support. Right now we would normally be welcoming hundreds of passengers every week. Our only source of regular income comes from passengers who buy tickets to ride our trains. Without any income there is a real risk that our restoration projects may have to be delayed further, even when our volunteers begin working regularly again.

Those of you who have known the railway for a while will know that we don't often ask for donations, but these are very different times and without any source of income from passengers travelling on our trains there is a real risk our restoration projects could be delayed by lack of funding. We really do appreciate any donation you can make in these challenging times. And because we rely so much on our dedicated volunteers, your donations will make a huge difference to the outcome of the heritage we all care about.

A message from Tanfield Railway Trust Chairman, Derek Smith:

'I know that lots of you have enjoyed visiting us before the coronavirus outbreak took hold. Perhaps riding on our North Pole express trains or visiting one of our events. The income from those trains is the only source of funding that makes the Tanfield Railway we all know and love possible. With our railway currently closed to the public due to this pandemic, we face uncertain times. Any support you can give during these challenging times will help us to preserve the rich heritage of the north east's minor and industrial railways for future generations.'