Hundreds mark Alston railway anniversary

The railway still provides important transport links for local people. Credit: ITV Border

Hundreds of people have visited Alston to celebrate the town's historic railway line.

British Rail closed the station in 1976, but seven years later the South Tynedale Railway opened in its place.

This weekend events have been taking place to mark the 40th anniversary of the closure. Rail enthusiasts from the area, and beyond, have been learning about the legacy of the line, and taking a trip down the scenic route.

Watch the full report, from Greg Hoare:

In 1976 a lone piper saw the final British Rail train off. Today, a full band was there to celebrate. Credit: ITV Border
Passengers enjoy the historic trip. Credit: ITV Border