Half-a-century since final train

The last train from Alnwick Railway Station
The last train from Alnwick Railway Station

Today marks 50 years since the Alnmouth to Alnwick branch line closed to passenger services.

The above picture, taken by Mrs L Davison, of Percy Court, Alnwick, captured the final passenger train to depart Alnwick Railway Station in 1968.

To mark the milestone, the Aln Valley Railway – an ambitious heritage project to reopen the branch line – is holding the Steam Gala event, Branch End 50.

It will take place at Lionheart Station, Alnwick, from Saturday, May 5, to Monday, May 7, with steam-train rides. Visit www.alnvalleyrailway.co.uk for more information.