Re-live the glorious days of the steam railway at the Stephenson Railway Museum in North Shields.† George and Robert Stephenson spent 20 years in North Tyneside developing their pioneering ideas which helped spread railways and locomotives around the world.† Today the Museum celebrates their achievement.† A range of fascinating locomotives are on display including George Stephenson's 'Billy', a forerunner of the world- famous Rocket.† Interactive exhibitions explore how trains work and the impact on peoples’ lives of coal and electricity, crucial in the development of railway power.

On running days visitors can take a ride on a passenger train pulled by the 'Jackie Milburn' steam engine or heritage diesel locomotives.†

The Museum is home to:

  • The early locomotive 'Billy' - built in Newcastle around 1826 and used for hauling coal
  • Steam and diesel locomotives used on Tyneside and elsewhere from as early as the 1880s
  • An electrically-powered parcels van of 1904 from the pioneering Tyneside suburban electric railway system
  • An electric locomotive - built in 1909 for use on a colliery line
  • A fleet of passenger coaches from the 1950s.

Stephenson Railway Museum is managed by Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums on behalf of North Tyneside Council

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This Sunday 21 and next Sunday 28 September our heritage train rides are pulled by the diesel 08 engine!

10:35am 20 Sep 2014

Our beautiful A No. 5 is leaving us to go to the National Railway Museum Shildon to celebrate their 10th Anniversary Steam Gala. Here it is leaving us. Everyone here has worked hard to make sure it is gleaming!

10:24am 19 Sep 2014

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19 Sep 2014

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