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Stephenson Steam Railway


Stephenson Steam Railway, Middle Engine Lane, North Shields, Tyne & Wear, NE29 8DX
Tel: (0191) 200 7146
Free entry, free parking

Relive the glorious days of the steam railway at Stephenson Steam Railway.  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.  Plus, fun events and activities for all ages.

Permanent displays

The Electric Century: exhibition explores the history of electric transport on Tyneside in the early 1900s and includes the newly restored electric engine E4 which was used to pull coal wagons on the Harton Colliery line from 1909. Discover the history of electricity and how little it was used in the home when the E4 was first built.

Steam Powered electric and diesel engines: The permanent exhibits date from the 1820s through to the 1980s and consist of steam-powered electric and diesel engines. See George Stephenson’s engine ‘Billy’ which was used to pull wagons of coal, compare steam engines with diesel and electric ones and discover the impact of the coal industry on the region.

How to get to Stephenson Steam Railway

By Public Transport
The nearest Metro station is Percy Main which is one and a half miles away from the museum. If travelling from Percy Main, please take the number R19 bus. If travelling from Wallsend, please take the number 80 bus.
For more information on public transport telephone the NEXUS traveline on 0871 200 2233 or visit the traveline website.

By Car
The museum is well signposted from the A19/A1058 junction and is behind the Silverlink Retail Park, adjacent to the Blyth & Tyne cycle route.
There is free parking at the museum.

  • Facilities
  • Stephenson Steam Railway has the following facilities for visitors:
  • Level access route available avoiding ramps or steps
  • Accessible toilets
  • Male and female toilet facilities
  • Assistance available if required
  • Assistance and Guide dogs admitted
  • Shop

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