Set up in 1983, the volunteers at South Tynedale Railway Preservation Society have created the largest single tourist attraction in two of the UK’s top 10% most deprived rural areas.

The Society operate a 3.5 mile narrow gauge steam railway that they hope to extend and connect to the main rail network. This would significantly increase visitor numbers to the area, create jobs and reduce the isolation faced by villages in the region. As a first step, the society has secured £4.25m funding from Heritage Lottery to extend the existing line by 1.25 miles, improve facilities and run environmentally-friendly trains. Power to Change funding will contribute towards capital works and enable this three year project to be completed. This project will attract more visitors, create jobs and enable the society to offer a wider variety of vocational training for local people.

It’s our community that make the railway so special - the volunteers who give us their time, our members who help drive the business forward and local people who give us unyielding support

Brian Craven

Deputy Chairman