Live updates

Step back in time to celebrate Newcastle to Carlisle railway line birthday

The oldest coast to coast passenger route in the UK is celebrating its 175th anniversary. The route linking the cities of Newcastle and Carlisle opened in the 1838. Events have been taking place along the line.

Volunteers from Beamish Museum dressed in Victorian costume and a brass band from Hexham played at Carlisle and Newcastle stations. The event was organised by the Tyne Valley Community Rail Partnership. You can watch Hannah McNulty's report below.


175th anniversary of Newcastle to Carlisle railway line

Celebrations are being held for the 175th anniversary of the Newcastle to Carlisle railway line.

A special historical service will leave for Carlisle at 11.22am.

"We are delighted to celebrate the 175 years of Newcastle upon Tyne and Carlisle.

"The railway opened in parts from 1836, construction starting in 1830 and was the first coast to coast route in the world."

– John Gillott, Partnership Officer , Tyne Valley Community Rail Partnership

It is the oldest coast to coast passenger line in the UK and opened in 1838.