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Booking Line: 01388-661394

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Special Trains

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Book online anytime or call the booking line on 01388-661394 (select option 3) 9am to 4.30pm Monday to Saturday

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Class 31 Diesel Gala                                  Cream Tea Specials

Once your booking has been submitted our reservations team will be in touch to confirm your booking and obtain your credit/debit card details for payment.

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Celebrate the history of one of the most famous diesel locomotives ever to be used by British Railways with a visit to the Weardale Railway’s Class 31 Gala Weekend on 21st and 22nd April 2018.


The event will feature two locomotives which have not been seen on passenger trains for many years, namely 31106 and 31190, both of which are more than 60 years old.


To celebrate the occasion 31106 will be reunited with its old name of Spalding Town and there will be a naming ceremony held on the Saturday of the event.


Also provisionally booked to appear at the event will be 31459 and 31465 which both featured on our very successful ‘Trains to Christmas Town’ services and also Network Rail-liveried 31285 which has not worked a train since appearing at the Nene Valley in 2017.


The line-up of five operating Class 31s is likely to be the biggest for the class during 2018 and all the locomotives will be seen working on Inter-City liveried Mk2 stock. If possible other Class 31s which are out of service will be positioned where they can be photographed from passing trains.


Rover tickets will provide for unlimited travel on any train and there is a discount for rover tickets covering more than one day.

Tickets can be pre-booked by credit or debit card.


Event Time:-

0900-1900 hrs each day

Buy Tickets


Premium Class (includes cream tea):- Adult £25 (no discounts) Child (5-15) £20    

Standard Class (journey only):- Adult £17 (no discounts) Child (5-15) £12

Note: children under 5 travel for free but do not receive a cream tea or a reserved seat.


Departure Time:-

1345 each day arriving back at Stanhope at 1600


Please be at the station 15 minutes before departure and allow time to collect your

ticket from the ticket office (opens 60 mins before train departure).  

Tickets strictly limited – advance booking essential

Take a gentle journey down the scenic Wear Valley in a luxurious first class railway coach while enjoying a sumptuous cream tea (scone, cream and jam with tea or coffee).


Your cream tea will be home made, with locally-produced constituents, and will be served at your table. Tea or coffee, with endless refills, is included in the price.


Your journey will commence at the market town of Stanhope with one of the highlights being a stop on top of the Etherley Viaduct which is more than 100 feet high and from which you will be able to take in outstanding views of the surrounding scenery. Your journey will take two hours and during it you will see parts of the valley that are full of wildlife and natural beauty.


Your ticket price includes the two-hour rail trip in first class, a cream tea

with unlimited hot drinks and your guaranteed seat reservation.


Trains will run as follows:- (Premium class cream tea seat availability shown in red)


Sunday 27 May 18 SEATS AVAILABLE

Sunday 24 June 18 SEATS AVAILABLE

Sunday 29 July 18 SEATS AVAILABLE

Sunday 26 August 18 SEATS AVAILABLE

Sunday 30 September 18 SEATS AVAILABLE

Cream Tea Trains

2018 Events

Ticket Prices

Weekend Rover

Adult £40

Concession (Child 5-15 or Senior over 60) £35  


Day Rover

Adult £25

Concession (Child 5-15 or Senior over 60) £20

Class 31 Gala Weekend

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Terms & Conditions


Tickets are non-refundable within 10 days of date of travel, changes may be made subject to availability.


All refunds and changes are subject to a £5 administration fee.


Tickets are only valid on the time & date of service indicated on the ticket.


Whilst every effort is made to maintain advertised services, Weardale Railway CIC reserves the right to cancel, alter or suspend any train without notice and accepts no liability for loss, inconvenience or delay thereby caused.


Purchase of a ticket constitutes acceptence of these terms and conditions.



Ticket Collection


Cream Tea Specials


When booking online, or by phone, you will be provided with a booking reference.  Your ticket will be available for collection at Stanhope station ticket office on the day of travel, prior to boarding the train. The Ticket Office will open 60 minutes before the departure of your train.


Class 31 Gala Event


Tickets purchased in advance, either online, or by phone will be posted to the buyer (if time allows), alternatively, tickets can be collected from the station ticket office at Bishop Auckland or Stanhope on the day of travel.

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Please note

Bookings made via the online booking form are provisional until payment has been made.  In the event that we are unable to contact you to obtain payment, then the booking will be cancelled.

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