We set off from home in good time to have a cuppa and for Pam to check the timetable before getting the first train from East Tanfield. We picked East Tanfield for our start as it has easier access which suited us as we both have some mobility issues.
The all day rider tickets cost £8.50 each at concession rates and allow unlimited travel for the day with the ability to get on & off at any station which was pretty good value and we made good use of it.
Our first ride was from Tanfield East to the end of the line, Sunniside, and back, by which time it was lunch time so we headed straight to Tommy Armstrong's Tea Room and beat the rush of all the other passengers who were looking at the locomotives. The meal deal of sandwich, drink and cake was really good and exceptional value at £6 a head.
Hunger and thirst satisfied we once again took to the rails, this time stopping at Andrews House where we trudged over the hill to Marley Hill to wander round the engineering works and the yard. We unfortunately missed the band.
From there it was off to Sunniside again and back to Causey Arch for a look around before heading back to East Tanfield.
We were surprised whe we realised that we had been there for about six hours. There was so much to see that we were never bored in that time.
Thanks to Pam as always for the photos.
We had an amazing day, met some lovely people, rode behind some super locos and had some good grub. What could be better?
We also found out about two narrow guage railways that we haven't visited. Both within about an hours drive from home so watch this blog.
To find out more about Tanfield Railway check out their website or Facebook page.