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Trains run for the first time at heritage railway

The first passengers were carried on the line this weekend,using a wickham rail trolley at a maximum speed of 5mph! A major milestone non the less!

The first passengers were carried on the line this weekend,using a wickham rail trolley at a maximum speed of 5mph! A major milestone non the less!

More than 1,000 people visited a major heritage railway development over the Easter weekend, as the attraction hosted its first train rides.

Visitors to the Aln Valley Railway (AVR) were treated to short trips at the Alnwick site, with an engineer’s track inspection vehicle taking passengers on a half-mile round journey.

The milestone was an historic moment for the AVR, which is aiming to reopen the majority of the branchline from Alnmouth to the town.

It was also the first time that trains carrying passengers have run in Alnwick since the 1960s.

Roger Jermy, the railway’s press officer, said: “It was a wonderful moment.

“It has been 45 years since the last train ran in Alnwick and although we were only able to provide short rides it was still a great moment. There is that saying that big oak trees have to grow from little acorns and we certainly feel that we have now got some little acorns.

“There were some visitors who had been on the last train from Alnwick to Alnmouth in the 1960s and they were some of the first passengers on the trains which ran at the site over the Easter weekend.”

A display of classic vehicles and an Easter bunny hunt, among other things, also took place at the site during the four-day event.

Roger said: “It was successful. I would think there were more than a thousand visitors.”

The Alnwick site is now closed until May.

 

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