Bowes Railway Centre

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The only place in the world where rope haulage can be seen on a standard gauge railway system, Bowes Railway is a preserved colliery railway. On operating days, steam train rides are given to the hauler house for rope haulage demonstrations, but the fine examples of Victorian workshops and machinery can be seen during the week for free. Very often free guided tours are available, but please contact us in advance to be sure. Educationally, we con cover most aspects of the National Curriculum. Please contact Alison Gibson for a copy of our publication 'Keep on Track with the Bowes Railway', which puts us in context with the National Curriculum

Venue Type:

Museum, Transport heritage site

Opening hours

Static visits Monday - Friday 9am - 4pm
Operating days - see our web page for details

Closed: Most weekends and Christmas

Admission charges

Free on static days, £2 per adult, £1 per child/concession on operating days. Charges may change

Additional info

Limited cafe and shop facilities - open on request in advance to groups, as run by volunteers

Mining and railway memorabilia, specifically for the Bowes Railway or previous names of Pontop and Jarrow Railway and John Bowes and Partners. We also have an underground locomotive display, and a limited collection of social history ephemera

Collection details

Archives, Industry, Land Transport, Science and Technology

Bowes Railway Centre
Springwell Village
Newcastle & Gateshead
Tyne and Wear



Main office

0191 416 1847

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