New Newcastle to Carlisle Railway Line Guide launched.(ACoRP)

The sixty miles of railway line between Newcastle and Carlisle passes through a UNESCO World Heritage site, the homes of some of this country’s industrial giants featuring the birthplace of steam railways.  It borders both the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Northumberland National Park. Additionally several national long distance trails meet the railway including the pioneering Pennine Way.  A communication route for 2,000 years, the Tyne –Solway gap is layered with history and now a new guide, Things to see and do on the Hadrian’s Wall Line, peels back these layers and provides the perfect accompaniment for travellers.

This 30 page booklet has been produced by three organisations working in partnership. John Gillott, Officer Tyne Valley Community Rail Partnership said

“The Tyne Valley Community Rail Partnership has wanted to produce a quality guide to the line for sometime and working with Michael Ellison and the North Eastern Railway Association has been the perfect way to ensure that  we used high quality research.” The line guide is beautifully produced with colour images of early postcards and a map of the Tyne – Solway gap. “We are delighted that Hadrian’s Wall Community Champions were able to support the production of the guide and bring their knowledge of our Roman heritage.” John added.

This line guide is the latest in a long line of guides. The earliest known guide “H.U.S.’s” handbook to Wall and Railway appeared in 1851. Those produced by the North Eastern Railway and London and North Eastern Railway now roughly a century ago are avidly sought by collectors. In recent decades, hardly a year has gone by without the rail industry publishing some form of line guide leaflet. But this new production sets a standard to last.

Mike Ellison from the North Eastern Railway Association said “The NERA seeks to cater for all enthusiasts interested in the railways of north eastern England,and working with the Tyne Valley Community Rail Partnership has been a way to make our research available to a wider audience.”

Kerry Shaw Hadrian’s Wall Community Champions Project Officer said “It was great to work with the Tyne Valley Community Rail Partnership to help strengthen their association with World Heritage Site and help share their knowledge with a new audience; rail users”

The booklet is being offered free of charge. Copies have been distributed to libraries, visitor attractions, village halls, shops and hotels through the Valley. Individual copies may be requested via the Tyne Valley Community Rail Partnership’s Facebook page, Website, or by emailing at a cost of £2.50 to cover post and packaging.

Fiona Forsythe