The Friends of Thorpe Light Railway operates 6 public open days each year, from April to September Dates here. We can also open for visiting groups – please contact us to discuss. The railway is on private land, so please do not try to visit when we are not operating.

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 9TW (Thorpe Hall, which is approx. 200m south of the railway).

We have ample free parking for visitors in the field next to the railway.

Train times
Trains run from 12 noon until 4 pm on open days. The railway is a balloon loop circuit about 700 metres long (just under half a mile) and rides take about 8 minutes to complete the circuit.

Tickets can be purchased at the gate when you enter the site. Day tickets cost £2.50 per person (under 5s are free) and let you ride the railway as many times as you like that day.
Members of the Friends of Thorpe Light Railway can ride for free. Membership for 2019 costs £11 per person (£5.50 for children under 16) and you can join on the day (ask at the station for details).

You can buy hot and cold drinks and snacks – this year provided by local family-run catering business The Barista Sisters, who will donate a percentage of takings to the railway. You are welcome to bring a picnic to eat 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 here. All donations and profits from sales go towards restoring and running the railway.

We have a toilet on site. Sorry but at present we do not have accessible / disabled toilet facilities.