Bowes Railway Centre

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Springwell Village
Newcastle & Gateshead
Tyne and Wear

    • Main office: 0191 416 1847

    The only place in the world where rope haulage can be seen on a standard gauge railway system, Bowes Railway is a preserved colliery railway. On operating days, steam train rides are given to the hauler house for rope haulage demonstrations, but the fine examples of Victorian workshops and machinery can be seen during the week for free. Very often free guided tours are available, but please contact us in advance to be sure. Educationally, we con cover most aspects of the National Curriculum. Please contact Alison Gibson for a copy of our publication 'Keep on Track with the Bowes Railway', which puts us in context with the National Curriculum

    Further information

    Opening Hours:

    Static visits Monday - Friday 9am - 4pm Operating days - see our web page for details Closed: Most weekends and Christmas


    Free on static days, £2 per adult, £1 per child/concession on operating days. Charges may change

    Upcoming events:

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    Facilities and services


    • Cafeteria
    • Education facilities available
    • Parking for coaches
    • Refreshments
    • Research facilities for academics
    • Shop
    • Toilets for disabled
    • Wheelchair access to some public areas

    Facilities information:

    Limited cafe and shop facilities - open on request in advance to groups, as run by volunteers


    • Academic publications and resources available
    • CD-ROM guide available
    • Guided tours
    • Member of staff available with responsibility for education
    • Pre-booking service for groups
    • Primary school education service available

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