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Railway Single Line Token Bag

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Our  Heritage Railway / transport product s are continually being developed and the range extended.  Our latest #HeritageRailway product is a special bag designed to hold a Railway Single Line Token to be used on the South Tynedale Railway in Alston, Cumbria.

This product will soon be available to order from our website. As each one is made to order it is possible for us to add customisation to suit each railway’s individual needs in size, colour and references etc.

Visit our Railway Leatherwork page for details of all the railway leatherwork items we currently make.

If you don’t see what you’re looking for there, please contact us by email or telephone to discuss your requirements.

Each product we now make started with someone saying “Can you…” 


This commission, based on an existing bag already in use on the line, is designed to hold a token from a special machine which can only be released when a section of single line is clear. Without the correct token a train cannot proceed onto a particular section.


Once released from the machine the token is placed in a special bag like this one so that it can be exchanged without the train stopping. Often one token is handed from the train while another is collected from the line-side, being caught on the arm of either the engine crew or the linesman at the side of the track.

Our Token Bag

Our hand crafted holder is made from Veg Tan Leather with the bag dyed black and the handle dyed Yellow to make it easily visible. The bag section is hand stitched and fastened by a single buckle. It also benefits from a viewing porthole so that the colour / details of the token can be seen without opening the bag.

The handle is semi-rigid plastic tube inside a soft pvc tube, then covered in leather which is then hand stitched it’s full length.

As a safety critical item each bag has it’s own unique reference stamped onto it.

Watch a Video

If you want to see how the token system works you can watch a video about the Exchange of the ETS tokens on YouTube.

Visit the South Tyndale Railway

If you want to see our token bag in action then you can visit the South Tynedale Railway Website.