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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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  • I'm really sorry but I personally found this to be very poor value for money. My brother paid around £50 for us to attend this event for my nephews birthday. After looking around the small museum and ...  more »
  • The day out with Thomas was for the kids and they loved it! My Grandson came from Scotland specially. There was a visit to Thomas and a very attentive young man blew his whistle. Then we had a ride on...  more »
  • We had a fantastic family day out as a special treat for our 3 year old Thomas fan. He thoroughly enjoyed every minute. He was so excited to be able to go on a Thomas's footplate, and the young man wh...  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.