Bowes Railway Museum

Bowes Railway Museum Day - POSTPONED

Event info

Bowes Railway was originally a colliery railway built to carry coal mainly from pits in north west Durham to the Tyne at Jarrow. The earliest section was designed by George Stephenson and opened on 17 January 1826, making it one of the world’s first modern railways. It was 15 miles long when completed in 1855. Each end was locomotive worked; the six mile middle section consisting of rope worked inclines with very steep gradients.

 

Participants should bring / wear:

Good quality walking boots.

Warm and/or waterproof clothing, including hat and gloves.

Tripod, lenses, filters, charged batteries.

A suggested program for the day is as follows:

10am: Arrive at Bowes Railway Main site Car Park
Welcome and briefing by Tour Guide
10.15am: Main site guided tour
11.15am: Break with complimentary cup of tea / coffee and biscuits in the tearoom
11.30am: 1 Hour /Flexible. Free time to take photographs around the site now that they are familiar with the surroundings. Volunteers will be on hand to escort members across the track where required. 
12.30/1pm: Break for lunch. Tearoom will be open or members are welcome to bring a packed lunch to eat at the picnic benches.
1.30pm: Option to  visit Bowes Railway Blackham's Hill Hauler House with tour guide via a walk (15 min walk or take cars 5 mins). Opportunity to take photographs inside this unique rope winding house.
3pm: Finish
Facilities include: 
Toilets
1st Aid
Tearoom will be open 10 - 2pm and serves pies, scones, cakes, toasties, soup

Event Organiser

Name
John Devlin

Location

Venue Information

Bowes Railway was originally a colliery railway built to carry coal mainly from pits in north west Durham to the Tyne at Jarrow. The earliest section was designed by George Stephenson and opened on 17 January 1826, making it one of the world’s first modern railways. It was 15 miles long when completed in 1855. Each end was locomotive worked; the six mile middle section consisting of rope worked inclines with very steep gradients.

At its peak, the Railway handled over 1 million tons of coal per year and remained virtually intact until 1968. Between 1968 and 1974, most of the line was closed until only the last 3.5 miles between Monkton and Jarrow staithes were operated by the National Coal Board. However, the original 1826 section between the Black Fell bank head and Springwell bank head was acquired for preservation in 1976 by Tyne and Wear County Council. This comprises Blackham’s Hill West and East inclines, which are operated by a stationary haulage engine. It is the only working preserved standard gauge rope hauled railway in the world. In 1977, the Railway’s Engineering and Wagon Shops at Springwell were added to the scheme, providing the facilities needed for maintenance.

Cafe

Toilets

Wheel Chair accessible although very restricted.

Ample Car parking

 

Cancellation policy

Cancellation by You

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If you have paid for an event, please note that this fee/ticket price is non-refundable unless we are able to sell your place to somebody else. You are welcome to sell your place yourself but, again, PLEASE notify the event leader / organiser in advance of any change.

Cancellation by us

Event leaders are asked to make plans for alternative activities or locations in the case of poor weather and, in most cases, events will proceed despite poor weather unless, in the view of the event leader, the weather will lead to unacceptable safety risks or very little chance of successful photography. It is inevitable, however, that occasionally an event will be cancelled for this or another reason beyond the RPS’s control.

Occasionally an event may also be cancelled owing to lack of bookings. So if you wish to attend an event, don’t leave it till the last minute to book as it may be too late.

If an event is cancelled we will give you as much notice as we are able and any payment by you to the RPS in respect of the event offered as a full refund. In the case of events cancelled because of lack of interest we will aim to give at least three weeks’ notice wherever possible.

Please note we are NOT able to refund any associated or consequential costs including but not limited to travel, accommodation, insurance premium or other costs incurred by you in order to attend the event.

Address

Bowes Railway Museum

Springwell Road

Springwell Village

Tyne & Wear

NE9 7QJ