Heritage Train Rides


Jump on board a heritage train...

Woman and baby riding Heritage Train


Sunday 7 July

Sunday 14 July

Sunday 21 July

Thursday 25 July

Sunday 28 July

Thursday 1 August

Sunday 4 August

Thursday 8 August

Sunday 11 August

Thursday 15 August

Sunday 18 August

Thursday 22 August

Sunday 25 August


Take a four mile return trip (35-40 minutes) following the route of the coal trains from the collieries to the River Tyne behind a vintage locomotive in our 1950s passenger carriages.

Before or after your train ride, why not explore the museum and discover the fascinating displays and interpretation of our collections. Don't forget to say hello to Killingworth Billy, the world's third oldest steam locomotive! 

The shop is open for railway-related books and souvenirs, and our Waggonway Tea Room will be serving a limited range of hot and cold drinks, snacks and cakes.

Please note that heritage train rides are subject to the availability of volunteer crew.

Book now.

Visitor Information

Museum opening times vary each day

Non-train running days: 11am-4pm

Train running days: Museum opens 30 minutes before the first train departures. Please check Ticketsourcefor train running times. 

We regret that currently we are unable to offer wheelchair access to our carriages as the door openings are restricted to 55cm.  Wheelchair users must be able to self-transfer onto the passenger carriages to ride on our heritage trains. As a heritage railway, we are exempt from certain aspects of the Equality Act. For further help or information, please visit our access information page.


This event is part of our Ways to Play programme of free and low-cost family-friendly activities.

Make your ‘Ways to Play’ adventure a great value day out by travelling to our venues by the Metro and / or Ferry.  

Up to three children aged 11 and under can travel for free on the Metro and the Shields Ferry with a fare-paying adult. Metro is the convenient, fast and frequent way to get to your favourite attractions and now it’s even more affordable. 

Find out more

Ways to Play is sponsored by Tyne and Wear Metro.


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