Take a heritage train ride


Heritage train rides are back on selected dates throughout the summer

Man and boy at train carriage window


Sunday 4 July

Sunday 18 July

Thursday 22 July

Sunday 25 July

Thursday 29 July

Visitor informaton

From 17 July 2021, Stephenson Steam Railway is open on Sundays and Thursdays during the school holidays for heritage train rides. SSR will be open for Museum-only visits on Saturdays and Mondays. A small allocation of tickets is available for walk-ups on the day, but we recommend pre-booking to avoid disappointment. 

Train times:

11.15am; 12.30pm; 2pm & 3pm

Ticket prices for heritage train rides:

From £4

Entry to the Museum only is FREE (donations welcome).


About your visit

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

After your train ride, visit our museum which is home to Killingworth Billy, the world's third oldest surviving steam locomotive. The recently installed displays and information panels tell the story of railway pioneers George and Robert Stephenson who spent almost 20 years on North Tyneside. 

On your way out, don't forget to drop into the shop for that all-important souvenir of your visit. The Waggonway Tea Room is open for hot and cold drinks, light snacks and cakes which can be enjoyed on our new picnic benches next to the garden.

Our steam engine 401 will be operating throughout the running season, except for Sunday 8 August, as the locomotive needs to take the day off for maintenance. There may be other days 401 needs to rest, so if you'd like to be sure which engine is running on the day, please call the Museum in advance on (0191) 277 7135. 

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