Travel back in time to when coal was king at the Stephenson Steam Railway, North Shields. Take a trip on our 2 mile industrial railway, passing the factories and businesses that it once served.
In the station yard at Middle Engine Lane, you can see a large variety of wagons and rail vehicles that were once a common sight on the railways of Tyneside. Inside the museum, explore a range of steam, diesel and electric locomotives that each have a fascinating story to tell. Visit the cab of Clio or try your hand at driving a steam engine on our simulator.
Make Thursday a Stephenson day. Bring your youngsters down to the museum on Thursdays during the summer holidays where they can explore our wonderful collection of vintage trains. They can also try their hand at our craft activities with a different theme each week. Activities suitable for all the family.
Heritage trains departing:
11.30am, 12.30pm, 2pm & 3pm
All about Signals
Learn all about the job of a train signaller. Make your own flags and whistle and have a go at signalling your own train.
Different animals live in the countryside next to our train track. Make your own animal masks of one of these animals living nearby.
Design and create your own train driver puppet.
Make a Book
Make and decorate your own mini wildlife book, using the cover and illuminated pages of the Lindisfarne Gospels to inspire you. (Find out more about the Lindisfarne Gospels, which will be on show at the Laing Art Gallery this September, here, and the Laing’s summer events programme here.)
Trains usually follow different tracks to get them to their destination. Have a go at creating and painting your own train tracks.
Design and make a rock painting, inspired by the trains or nature around you.
Donations welcome. Free entry to Museum, drop in for events
Charge for heritage train rides at: 11.30am, 12.30pm, 2pm & 3pm
Please note that heritage train rides on Thursdays are subject to volunteer crew availability.
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