Railway plans opening days

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
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A heritage railway’s opening days for the remainder of the year have been announced, following a successful Easter event which saw trains run for the first time.

The Alnwick Lionheart site of the Aln Valley Railway development will be open this Bank Holiday weekend, from Saturday to Monday.

Trains will also be running on Sunday, May 12, and 19, followed by Saturday, May 2 to Monday, May 27.

The railway will be open every Sunday in June and July with extra opening days on Saturday, June 1, and 15, as well as Friday, July 26, and Saturday, July 27.

There will be a vintage rally at Lionheart over the weekend of June 15 and 16.

In August, Lionheart will be open each Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with additional days on Thursday, August 22, and Monday, August 26.

August will include a Teddy Bears event for the children and a Charities Weekend when local charities will be present with their stalls.

Any local charities that have not already received an invitation to attend are requested to get in touch with Roger Jermy, by emailing roger@jermy4648.freeserve.co.uk

The final summer opening date will be Sunday, September 1.

Special Hallowe’en trains will run on Wednesday, October 30, and Thursday, October 31, while Santa Specials will operate on the weekends of December 14 and 15, and 21 and 22. There will be presents for children and seasonal refreshments for adults.

Bookings for the festive rides will begin in September.

The Buffet Stop café, run by the Pottergate Pantry, and the railway’s museum and shop will be open to visitors on all of the dates listed.

There will be other attractions as well as tours of the site. For railway details, visit www.alnvalleyrailway.co.uk