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Heritage-railway scheme gears up for a busy 2014

A line-up of the four locomotives now at the Aln Valley Railway's Lionheart site.  From left to right: the Drewry diesel locomotive 'DRAX', steam locomotive number 9 'RICHBORO', the Barclay diesel locomotive, number 615, which worked at Whittle Colliery, and finally the Class 11 diesel which will be named 'SHIRLEY'.
 
Photo credit: Pat Murphy

A line-up of the four locomotives now at the Aln Valley Railway's Lionheart site. From left to right: the Drewry diesel locomotive 'DRAX', steam locomotive number 9 'RICHBORO', the Barclay diesel locomotive, number 615, which worked at Whittle Colliery, and finally the Class 11 diesel which will be named 'SHIRLEY'. Photo credit: Pat Murphy

A heritage-railway attraction is gearing up for a busy new season, which starts at Easter.

The first day of train operations at the Aln Valley Railway in 2014 will be on Easter Saturday, as part of a special weekend gala.

A highlight of those opening few days will be an Easter bunny hunt for families with young children.

This year will also see the completion of the first station platform, which will allow ‘proper’ trains to operate at the railway’s Lionheart site in Alnwick, giving a slightly longer ride than previously.

At first, the trains will consist of a guards van and diesel locomotive, but later in the summer, both passenger carriages and a steam locomotive will provide the rides.

Other special events are planned throughout the year, while various new attractions will be on show at the site, including the revamped museum and the new signalbox, which is being constructed.

On certain days throughout 2014, there will be free guided tours around the site.

Entry to Lionheart station and car parking are free, except on certain special event days, such as car-boot sales, when small donations are requested.

Train tickets can be purchased for unlimited rides on the day of issue. The car park has been extended.

All of the operating days are listed at alnvalleyrailway.co.uk

The aim is to reopen the former branchline between Alnwick and Alnmouth.

 

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