Stephenson Railway Museum - Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums

Stephenson Railway Museum - Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums
Stephenson Railway Museum
Middle Engine Lane
North Shields
Tyne and Wear
NE29 8DX




(0191) 200 7146

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Re-live the glorious days of the steam railway at the Stephenson Railway Museum in North Shields.

The Museum is home to George Stephenson's 'Billy', a forerunner of the world-famous Rocket, and many other engines from the great age of steam including 'Jackie Milburn', named after the Newcastle United legend.

Rides on a real steam train can be taken and the story of coal and electricity's impact on ordinary people's lives can be discovered. Many fun activities for all ages are also held alongside temporary exhibitions.

This museum has a Designated Collection of national importance.

Venue Type:

Museum, Transport heritage site

Opening hours

Stephenson Railway Museum is open Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays until 2 November 2014 and all week during school holidays (excluding Christmas holidays). With heritage train rides on Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays.

Admission charges

Free entry

This museum has a Designated Collection of national importance.

The Museum has historic railway exhibits from the early days of the steam railway right up to the present day, for example:

The early locomotive Billy, built in Newcastle around 1826 for hauling coal.
Steam and diesel locomotives used on Tyneside and elsewhere from the 1880s until the 1980s.
An electrically-powered parcels van of 1904 from the pioneering Tyneside suburban electric railway system, and an electric locomotive built in 1909 for a colliery line.
A fleet of passenger coaches from the 1950s

Collection details

Land Transport

Key artists and exhibits

  • Designated Collection
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Santa Specials

  • 20 — 21 December 2014

We've added some extra sparkle to our popular Santa Specials. Meet Santa Claus and special guests on a magical journey aboard the Festive Express!

This year we have some special guests you can meet with Santa - the Snow Queen and Santa’s Head Elf too!

Melt into the magic of Christmas and make memories with your loved ones as you hear stories from the Snow Queen and Santa’s Head Elf aboard your train journey. Santa will be delivering gifts to the good girls and boys on the heritage train. Then, you can join in the merry-making with your refreshments after you return to the station platform.

Tickets must be purchased in advance online.

At 10.30am, 11.45am, 1.15pm, 2.30pm.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


Tickets are £13 per person and include refreshments and a gift for children.