Open 7 Days a week.

Our Covid 19 Social Distancing Measures.

The railway is still has social distancing measures to keep you our passengers safe. Please familiarise yourself with these key points before travelling with us:


  • In line with current Government guidance, we would ask you to wear a mask when in our ticket office and recommended them when travelling with us. If you do not have a mask, they can be purchased from the ticket office for £1. 

  • You do not need to book in advance. Tickets can be purchased from Heatherslaw Station.

  • We have a one way system at both stations.  At Etal Station you queue down the side of the track with a great view of the train arriving and then Bunty or Binky running round the train.

  • Please note that our railway room has restricted access to help with social distancing and the caravan is currently closed.

  • Please use card or contactless payments if possible.

  • Tickets cannot be purchased from the guard at Etal Station for the time being however, you can join the train at Etal and purchase your tickets from the ticket office at Heatherslaw Station.

  • Our timetable will be much more flexible for the time being; this will allow more time for passengers to board, and allow our staff time to disinfect the train between services. First train will be at 10:30 on a hour and 15 minute basis.

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02. Bunty Heatherslaw Culvert
07. Long Shot Etal Zoomed
16. Aerial Shot 2
On the Heugh
10. Etal Station Staff
14. Bink & Rosa Engine Shed Line

Welcome to the most northerly steam railway in England!


Travel on our 15 inch gauge railway, pulled by our steam locomotives “Bunty” and “Lady Augusta” or our diesel engine “Binky” between Heatherslaw Station and Etal Castle on a return journey of 4 miles. Our rolling stock offers a choice of fully enclosed or partly glazed coaches to keep you dry, even on the wettest days. There are two wheelchair compartments provided for disabled passengers and the Guard is always on hand to help with boarding. 

There is free parking available at Heatherslaw Station and Etal Castle. You are welcome to board the train at Etal Station; return tickets can be purchased from the on arrival at Heatherslaw from the Ticket Office. A credit or debit card facility is available at the Heatherslaw Station Ticket Office.

The Railway runs along the banks of the River Till giving you stunning views of the Northumberland countryside. You also have the opportunity to spot some of the local wildlife that live on the riverbank, including swans, herons,  ducks and even the occasional otter!

Why not break your journey at Etal Station and visit Etal Castle, or walk the short distance up to Etal Village with its thatched cottages and pub, or visit the Lavender Tearoom for refreshments, before catching a later train back to Heatherslaw. 

On your return to Heatherslaw Station you are welcome to browse in the Ticket Office gift shop, or climb the stairs up to the Model Railway Room to view our “G” gauge layout. Press the red button to make the trains work. A short walk across the footbridge takes you to Ford and Etal Visitor centre and the working watermill, Heatherslaw Mill. The Heatherslaw Tearoom is also available to provide refreshments. There are toilet facilities near the visitor centre at Heatherslaw Mill and also at Etal Castle.

There are special rates available for school parties and coach tours. Please make enquiries regarding parties, train times and booking information at the Ticket Office on 01890 820244 (9am-5pm). For any other enquiries please call 01890 820317 (9am-5pm).

The management and staff thank you for your support and look forward to welcoming you to the Heatherslaw Light Railway.