Steam Trains

Berwick is one of the best places to see steam trains in Northumberland. Steam trains regularly pass through Berwick and stop for water here on their way to and from Edinburgh.

Steam train on Berwick Border Bridge

Steam train coming over the Royal Border Bridge

Berwick-upon-Tweed is on the East Coast Mainline and as well as benefiting from regular rail services to all the major cities, Berwick also receives countless visits from some of the country's most beautiful steam trains.

The schedule for steam in 2019 is available via UK Steam, though the steam-hauled trains tend to be Summer seasonal. For details of Pathfinder tours please click here.

There are many railtours companies but one of the best which operates steam tours up here is Pathfinder Railtours; they have a scrolling gallery of past tours including a great shot of Tornado going over the Royal Border Bridge with all the bridge lights on, which looks superb. Keep checking the “Excursions” page of their website for tour dates through Berwick.

A flying visit

Tornado making a flying visit to Berwick

As well as steam you may also wish to come to see iconic vintage diesels, especially Deltics, on railtours. Full details can be obtained from Royal Scots Grey website. The Deltics will be quite an attraction, the sound (actually you feel it rather than hear it) of a Deltic at full power accelerating a heavy train out of a station is fantastic!

The best places to view passing special trains:

Either direction:

From Berwick railway station; all northbound and southbound steam-hauled specials pass through Berwick station itself. Northbound steam specials normally pass through slowly for a stop at Jingling Bridge about a quarter of a mile north of the station, to take on water.

From the “New” road bridge linking Tweedmouth to Golden Square, Berwick; panoramic views of passing trains as they cross the Royal Border Bridge northbound and southbound.

From Ramparts Business Park, Berwick, just off the A1 at the northern extreme of Berwick town.

Northbound to Edinburgh:

Panoramic views of northbound trains crossing the Royal Border Bridge can be seen from the “New Road” footpath running along the north shore of the River Tweed. Access can be gained from Bridge Street or Bankhill in Berwick or via the footpath from Castle Terrace down to the river through Tommy the Miller’s Field where there is a good, seated vantage point halfway along the path, or through Coronation Park adjacent to Berwick railway station down to the river via a long flight of steps.

Stoking the fire

Stoking the fire

Jingling bridge: Steam locomotives often stop just north of Berwick station about a quarter of a mile south of the Jingling Bridge to take water, a process which talks about 30 to 45 minutes so spectators will have time to watch trains cross the Royal Border Bridge from the New Bridge, then drive up to Jingling Bridge to see locomotives taking water and then setting off again. Access the Jingling Bridge via Magdalene Drive, Berwick, where it joins with Sea View and Crispin Road, postcode TD15 1PX.

From Tweedside Industrial Estate, specifically the East Coast Main Line is raised on an embankment above the HGV testing station at the rear of the industrial estate, postcode TD15 2UY.

Southbound to Newcastle:

From the short footpath running from Tweedmouth Bowls Club on Riverside Road, Tweedmouth to the Royal Border Bridge itself on the south (Tweedmouth) side of the River Tweed. Postcode TD15 2HQ.

Steam specials normally stop to take on water at the site of Tweedmouth railway station, to the rear of the 24-7 Safety, Northumberland County Council depot and Messrs. J.T. Dove on Northumberland Road Industrial Estate, Tweedmouth, postcode TD15 2AS.

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