Steam returns to Alnwick

The first passenger steam train out of Alnwick since 1968. Picture by Aln Valley Railway/Pat Murphy
The first passenger steam train out of Alnwick since 1968. Picture by Aln Valley Railway/Pat Murphy

Saturday was a historic day at the Aln Valley Railway (AVR) as the first steam-hauled public train chugged in Alnwick since 1968.

The passenger coach was pulled by vintage locomotive Richboro at the AVR’s Lionheart Station in the town, to the delight of visitors and volunteers at the attraction.

Marking the memorable occasion, a message on the AVR’s Facebook page, which accompanied photographs of the landmark moment, stated: ‘A few shots of the first passenger steam train out of Alnwick since 1968. Be proud all who helped to make it happen.’ The ambitious project is to reopen most of the branch line from Alnmouth to Alnwick.

For more information about the development, including visitor opening times to Lionheart Station, visit www.alnvalleyrailway.co.uk