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Wartime steam engines make their mark in Cumbria

The trains have come from to mark the centenary of the war
The trains have come from to mark the centenary of the war Credit: ITV Border

To mark the centenary of World War One the South Tynedale Railway has unveiled some rather special visitors.

A selection of wartime steam engines from across France, Germany and the UK are making the small Alston line their home for the weekend.

Three steam engines will been in service over the weekend
Three steam engines will been in service over the weekend Credit: ITV Border

Wartime steam history comes to Cumbria

Thanks to Heritage Lottery funding, the railway is being extended
Thanks to Heritage Lottery funding, the railway is being extended Credit: ITV Border

South Tynedale Railway, near Alston, is having an event to mark the centenary of World War One this weekend. There are three wartime steam engines from the UK, Germany and France that will be in service.

The historic railway was recently give the Transport Trust Restoration Award for the restoration of a 1908 Thomas Green & Co steam locomotive, BARBER.

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Lottery grant means bright future for South Tynedale Railway

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.

New station for South Tynedale Railway

The money will help to revamp the entire stretch of line Credit: ITV News Border

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."

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