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Stephenson Railway Museum, Newcastle upon Tyne
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|}The North Tyneside Steam Railway and Stephenson Railway Museum are visitor attractions in North Tyneside, North East England. The museum and railway workshops share a building on Middle Engine Lane adjacent to the Silverlink Retail Park. The railway is a standard gauge line, running south for 2mi from the museum to Percy Main. The railway is operated by the North Tyneside Steam Railway Association (NTSRA). The museum is managed by Tyne and Wear Museums on behalf on North Tyneside Council.The railway runs along the alignment of various former coal waggonways, which were later used by the Tyne and Wear Metro Test Centre; the museum and workshop building used to be the test facility. The museum is dedicated to the railway pioneers George Stephenson and his son Robert, with one of George's early locomotives, Billy, housed in the museum.HistoryHorse drawn and rope hauled waggonwaysAs the early coal seams of the Northumberland Coalfield near the River Tyne were exhausted, waggonways were laid to serve pits sunk further north. Coal would be unloaded into colliers (coal transport ships) via staithes. The first waggonways used wooden wagons on wooden rails drawn by horses. The first traffic begin in 1755 on a line from Shiremoor to Hayhol staithes, and was soon followed by more lines. Wooden rails were eventually replaced by wrought iron. Rope haulage was introduced from 1821, with the museum site being at the top of Prospect Hill. By the 1820s coal was coming from pits further to the north in Seghill, Backworth and Cramlington, while a pit at Murton near Shiremoor had also been added. In 1826 it also became the preferred route for coal coming from Fawdon to the west, to obviate the need to use keel boats further upriver.
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  • We went on the Santa Special yesterday - 3 adults, 3 kids & a baby. It was absolutely fantastic - we all enjoyed it. As we walked up to the train, musicians were playing music. We boarded our compartm...  more »
  • Amazing experience from start to finish. Excellent Santa, superb music and story telling and real family feel. Out daughter was enthralled and so were we. Well done on a great well thought out day. 
  • We visited this attraction as part of a family Christmas event with Great Grandparents, Grandparents, Parents and Children spanning ages from 85 to 6 months. A really lovely experience on a cold misty...  more »
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  • The Thomas the tank event was not that great at all. You don't even ride a Thomas train just the normal train. It was extremely overpriced and there's also nothing to do there except a soft play.
  • The museum itself is very small with not a great deal to see or do. The steam engine ride was great though and better than most other railway museums.
  • It's free and it'll kill about half an hour if you like trains or want to take your kids. It's strange that Stephenson doesn't have a more significant museum, given his importance locally and nationally!
  • Great place to take anyone interested in trains, loved the steam ride, the museum A OK. And free (not the ride)
  • Great local museum