Choo-choo choosing a great place to wait at train station.
SPEEDILY-GROWING interest in a new bar at Durham railway station shows that it's on the right track for attracting customers.
The Waiting Room has just opened its doors on platform two of the city's Grade II-listed station where it can hardly fail to attract the attention of waiting passengers.
And for other commuters it will be the first thing they'll see on alighting from northbound trains, no doubt just as they're in need of post-journey refreshment.
The ale house offers plenty of tempting pick-me-ups, including a range of regional ales - with a selection from the Durham Brewery which is on its doorstep - as well as distilled gins. Tasting trays, cider, perry and soft drinks are also available.
The first customers, who got to test the menu just days after Prince Charles alighted at Durham, have welcomed the station's latest facility which has breathed new life into a run-down office which was formerly a waiting room.
Positive comments on social media include: "Congratulations on an amazing transformation."
The Waiting Room, delighted at the initial feedback, tweeted back on Tuesday: "What a great crowd in tonight. A great mix of locals, commuters, ex-railway employees, railway engineers, railway photographers! Chuffed to bits!" After Ouseburn Leisure Group Ltd applied for a licence for the site, there followed months of hard work to revamp the premises.
The renovation has involved restoring some of the 1872 waiting room's original features to their former glory, including Victorian fireplaces which had been hidden behind boarding and under seven layers of paint.
Its original bay window has also been reinstated and, to complement the look, wood panelling on the walls has been painted in a muted green redolent of the period.
The station's latest facility has breathed new life into a run-down office which was a waiting room
The Waiting Room is breathing new life into the former waiting room at Durham Railway Station