The Friends of Thorpe Light Railway operates 6 public open days each year, from April to September. See HERE. We can also open
The railway is just south of the River Tees, next to Whorlton Bridge, about 3 miles from Barnard Castle in County Durham. The nearest postcode for satnav users is DL12 8XD; this will take you to the centre of Whorlton village, from here continue through the village and across the suspension bridge. Or see HERE for our location.
UPDATE – August 2019. Whorlton Bridge is currently being repaired and is closed to motor vehicles. Access to the railway by car or motorbike is either via the A66 or via Winston Bridge and Ovington. The bridge is still open to pedestrians and cyclists, so you can get to us from Whorlton village if you walk or come on your bicycle.
We have ample free parking for visitors in the field adjacent to the railway.
Trains run from 12 noon until 4 pm on open days. The railway is a dogbone loop about 700 metres long, (just under half a mile). It takes around 10 minutes per ride.
Tickets can be purchased at the gate when you enter the site. Day tickets cost £2.50 per person (under 5s are free) and give you unlimited travel on the date of purchase.
Members of the Friends of Thorpe Light Railway get unlimited travel for the duration of their membership.
You can become a member for as little as £11 per person, (£5.50 for children under 16) and you can join on one of our open days or by contacting us. Either ask on entry, or click HERE
New for this year hot and cold drinks and light snacks are available, provided by a local family-run catering business The Barista Sisters. They will be providing speciality coffees and teas from their converted horse trailer, as well as cold drinks and snacks. Relax on the platform and enjoy a Mocha, Earl Grey, or another of the selection. A percentage of all takings will be donated back to the railway to help maintain this wonderful treasure.
You are welcome to bring a picnic to enjoy whilst watching the trains go by, but please take your litter home.
We have a small number of Thorpe Light Railway souvenirs on sale at the station, such as keyrings, booklets, coasters and mugs. You can also join or renew your membership of the Friends of Thorpe Light Railway at the shop on the day, or alternatively click HERE.
Money raised from the sale of souvenirs, as well as all donations, membership fees and day tickets sales goes towards restoring, maintaining and running the railway.
We have toilet facilities on site, but at present, unfortunately we do not have accessible / disabled toilet facilities.
Dogs are welcome, but must be kept under control and on a lead. Please clear up any dog mess and either take it home with you or dispose of it in the bin in the roadside layby just outside the gate. Please do not dispose of dog waste on site.