Stephenson Railway Museum

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

A range of fascinating locomotives are on display including George Stephenson's 'Billy', a forerunner of the world- famous Rocket.

The Museum is home to:
  • The early locomotive 'Billy' - built in Newcastle around 1826 and used for hauling coal

  • Steam and diesel locomotives used on Tyneside and elsewhere from as early as the 1880s

  • An electrically-powered parcels van of 1904 from the pioneering Tyneside suburban electric railway system

  • An electric locomotive - built in 1909 for use on a colliery line

  • A fleet of passenger coaches from the 1950s.


Stephenson Railway Museum is open every weekend from 1 April to 31 October, and open seven days a week during the school holidays (except Christmas holidays). Our opening hours are always 11am to 4pm and entry is free! A small charge applies to train rides on our heritage railway.

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