Thursday, 19 October 2017

Throwback Thursday #28

D2078, or 03078 as it is in this photo, shunting George Stephenson's Killingworth Billy into the museum in 1989. Billy was built in 1826 for use at Killingworth Colliery and is known as one of the early pioneering Killingworth locomotives. It is usually called Killingworth Billy to differentiate it from Puffing Billy which was built by William Hedley in 1813 for use at Wylam Colliery.

Puffing Billy would have actually ran past George Stephenson's cottage in Wylam, which is where he got a lot of ideas for his locomotives from. Killingworth Billy ran up until 1881 when it was then presented to Newcastle City Council. Today Billy is still a proud static display in the Stephenson Railway Museum

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Steam & Steel Pans

To celebrate the official opening of the Waggonway Tearoom, this Sunday we will be joined by the North Tyneside Steel Band. The band will be giving performances throughout the day


Kitson & Co A.No.5 of 1883 will also be in service hauling passenger trains out of Middle Engine Lane at 1130, 1230, 1400 & 1500

Head over to our Facebook page to enter our competition, like and share the latest post to be entered into a prize draw, the winner will be announced on Saturday morning and will win a free train ride and Cream Tea for a family of four!

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Sunday, 15 October 2017

The Brass Market

The Brass Market visited the Stephenson Railway Museum today bringing steampunk trade stands into the museum, heritage combat/pickpocketing demonstrations outside the museum entrance and live music performances in the Waggonway Tearoom

Successful First Weekend for the Waggonway Tearoom

This weekend was the unofficial opening of our new Waggonway Tearoom which proved to be very popular, the official & advertised opening is next weekend, the Stephenson Railway Museum and Tearoom will also be open throughout October Half Term

A limited menu was served this weekend with the full menu in operation next week

Decoration and menu supplied on each table

A5 in Service Today

Some photos of A.No.5 in service hauling passenger trains today

Pulling out of Percy Main with the first train, approaching the Tyne & Wear Metro Bridge

Simmering in the sun at Percy Main

Ready to go again

Matthew & Norman coaling up half way through the day

Trainee Matthew Watchman building up his fire at Percy Main ready for the run up to Middle Engine Lane

Think he's ready to depart!

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Tearoom's First Opening

Today is the first day that the Waggonway Tearoom has been open, unofficially just to 'test the waters' for the official opening weekend

Richard enjoying some bait after a morning of hard graft

Coal Stage Construction Progress

Michael and Richard have made some more progress with the new coal stage, which is still in early days of development

The first sleepers were placed and positioned correctly, as a test, to give Michael & Richard their bearings and measurements

Richard seeing if the hole is deep enough

They also made the decision to use old bits of rail instead of boiler tubes as they're a lot stronger and should last a longer

Richard posing with the installed rail

Just some of the concrete that has been dug up

After a bit of a tidy up the concrete flooring can easily be seen, Richard has tactfully placed rocks to show where holes need to be drilled for old rail to be inserted

Mud, rock and other rubbish that has been dug up

The second rail successfully installed