What the plan involves
A land train is in operation taking passengers on a journey along North Tyneside’s beautiful coastline between Tynemouth and St Mary’s Lighthouse.
There are various stops along the way, including the Playhouse Whitley Bay Mini Golf, the Rendezvous Cafe, Waves Leisure Centre, the recently-refurbished Briar Dene pub and restaurant, Beverley Terrace in Cullercoats and Beaconsfield in Tynemouth.
Why we’re doing it
A land train, run by Lake District based father and son Russell and Laurence Warburton, was trialled in late August 2015 for four days to test its popularity and help confirm a preferred route.
Around 4,000 people took advantage of free journeys on the train during the trial thanks to the generosity of local businesses AIS Training, Grange Interiors and Kier North Tyneside. Di Meo’s Ices also treated a number of children to free ice creams.
As the feedback was so positive we decided to look into providing a permanent, seasonal feature.
Name the train competition
Children from all North Tyneside first and primary schools were invited to take part in a ‘name the train’ competition.
The winner of the competition, which was sponsored by Mister Woods Coffee Shop in Tynemouth, was Harriet Ellis, aged seven, a pupil at Marine Park First School.
Her entry, ‘Spirit of the Bay’, was judged the winner. Harriet chose the name because it will ‘make you feel the joy of Whitley Bay’.