Aln Valley Railway
The primary objective of the Aln Valley Railway is to reopen the branch line from Alnwick, the old county town of Northumberland and the ancestral home of the Duke of Northumberland, to the ECML station at Alnmouth.
Due to development trains can no longer access the original station, where the world famous Barter Books is located, so a brand new two platform railway station and visitor centre has been constructed by volunteers on the outskirts of Alnwick, with loading roads, sidings and headshunts in bullhead on timber sleepers. From here, the railway joins and then follows the original trackbed along which the Permanent Way team has laid 1.3 miles of track, mainly flat bottom on concrete sleepers, to a newly constructed halt with passing loop at Greenrigg, which is more than half way to the final destination at Alnmouth.
Steam and diesel trains operate during the running season along a scenic rural route with views of the surrounding countryside.