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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Don't forget the North East Meccano Society will be bringing their train inspired creations to the museum on 23 and 24 July. We have free entry too!

North East Meccano Society - Stephenson Railway Museum
Come and see the amazingly talented North East Meccano Society and their wonderful creations - and watch th eprogress of a replica of George Stephenson's famous Rocket being constructed by our staff.

8:00pm 22 Jul 2014

YourGreatBritain Competition by Heathrow & VisitBritain

Which is your favourite UK region - the North West, the North East, the Midlands or Northern Ireland? In partnership with Love GREAT Britain, you can choose which region you'd like to see win a £1million advertising campaign across Heathrow's terminals!As the UK's only hub airport, Heathrow is the gateway to Great Britain, and we want to inspire visitors to explore and experience all our country has to offer, including our great regions.Simply vote for your favourite region by 'liking” its photo in the album below. The photo with the most likes wins! The competition will close at 23:59 on the 4th August, so be sure to vote now and share with your friends!

1:00pm 21 Jul 2014


The Yemeni Riot in South Shields

18 Jul 2014

I am a MA Art Museum and Gallery Studies student at Newcastle University, as part of my degree I am completing an eight week work placement at South Shields…