The Aln Valley Railway

The Aln Valley Railway

The Aln Valley Railway


The Aln Valley Railway aims to reopen a heritage railway between the east coast main line near the seaside town of Alnmouth and the historic town of Alnwick.

The friendly railway

The new Lionheart station at Alnwick is now operational and offers short train rides in the summer season; some of them steam-hauled for the first time in 2015. Here, the Aln Valley railway is recreating a railway in the style of a London and North Eastern Railway branch line in the closing years of the steam era, with a collection of historic rolling stock and associated artefacts.

Lionheart station includes a small museum, railway shop, loco shed and The Buffet Stop Café, operated by Pottergate Pantry, an external catering operation providing invaluable training for adults with special needs. The café is open from 11am until 3.30pm every day that trains are running.

The railway is operational on Sundays between Easter and September, plus Tuesdays, Thursdays and weekends during the school summer holidays. This year, there will be classic car rallies, vintage machinery days, model railway displays and musical events, as well as several themed children’s events and enthusiast days.

Plenty of parking is available along with a sheltered outside sitting area with picnic tables and chairs.

The railway is an on-going project and an ambitious development programme of track-laying is in progress, with a view to reaching Alnmouth by 2020, when steam-hauled trains will once again run the full length of the line, for the first time since the 1960s.

Currently under construction is a new station complex that will feature platforms, waiting rooms, a footbridge, a signal box and steam age paraphernalia. The engine shed and workshop are open to allow visitors to see the restoration work in progress on vintage carriages and locomotives.

We look forward to welcoming visitors once again in 2015 when they will be assured of a warm, friendly welcome.