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A boost for one of the top tourist attractions in the North Pennines.
A lottery grant of over £4 million is set to be used to revitalise the South Tynedale Railway in Alston.
The line was closed for seven years in the late 70s and early 80s, but now its steam engines attract thousands of visitors each year. Matthew Taylor reports.
The entire stretch of the South Tyndedale Railway is about to be transformed by a £5.5 million investment.
The money's coming from a grant of over £4 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund and £1.3 million raise by themselves.
Duncan Graham, a trustee of the South Tyndale Railway said: "We're going to extend our railway to Slaggyford, a mile and a quarter away and build a cafe and a new station there. And then at Alston where we are standing there will be a covered."
£5.5 million is going to be spent on revitalising the South Tynedale Railway in Alston.
The three year project includes extending the line to the village of Slaggyford and improving the platform at Alston for visitors.
The line was re-opened by train enthusiasts in the 1980s after it had been closed in the 70s.