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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  • August 20, 2017
    I visited this museum at the weekend and was very impressed; it's definitely not a large museum and it really does only appeal to railway enthusiasts or persons who can appreciate looking at old train...  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    If your shopping at silver link it is worth going round the corner to this musiam it is not very big but plenty to see for free you can pay to go on trains on Sundays  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    Being lovers of all things railway related, this seemed like a good place to visit. My disappointment? It wasn't bigger. Very interesting and it's free so you can't complain but I would have loved the...  more »
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  • Good food, friendly staff and lots of interesting train exhibits. Would defiantly return for another day trip.
  • Meet Thomas event. Wonderful for kids
  • Day with Thomas was great, even with the rain!
  • Lovely place plenty to do kids love it
  • 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.

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