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Bowes Railway, Gateshead

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  • I've been to visit bowes more times than I can remember and is defiantly something I can recommend. I'm local and pass bowes everyday. As well as visiting and riding the train when I was younger I've ...  more »
  • A great little place with a lot to offer at a reasonable price. It dipped over the last decade or so but the improvements made recently have brought it back to almost its 90s glory. Would be great if ...  more »
  • Great day out, my son was allowed to get hands on in the workshops , staff are very knowledgeable and friendly.  more »
  • Bowes Railway was originally a colliery railway built to carry coal mainly from pits in north west Durham to the Tyne at Jarrow. The earliest section was designed by George Stephenson and opened on 17 January 1826, making it one of the world’s first modern railways. It was 15 miles long when completed in 1855. Each end was locomotive worked; the six mile middle section consisting of rope worked inclines with very steep gradients. I suggest that you check their website for open days, but this is a real hidden treat in our reigon. Consisting of a stretch of land and rail, this lottery supported centre is supporting the skills needed to keep rail maintenance and steam engineering going, they have an actual W.S.T Saddle Tank 040, in tip top condition. This place is no york, in terms of train museums, but if you're a fan of steam, diesel or any kind of rolling stock, please check this place out, you won't regret it.
  • I am a volunteer here I would like to write an honest review of the railway it is a site of historical importance and should be preserved for the next-generation the site is open 5 to 6 days a week from 10 till 4 but dont be put off because it is old you could bring the kids and show them a steam engine and how it works or you could come to see our engineering workshops overall the site can and should be enjoyed by all people of all ages so have a look see what you think personally I would give it 9 out of 10