Bowes Railway

Re-opening * Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th June weekend *

   Hope you can join us for our 1940s themed 2021 reopening weekend 10.30am till 3pm                               


History of Bowes Railway

Bowes Railway was originally a colliery railway built to carry coal mainly from pits in north west Durham to the Tyne at Jarrow. The earliest section was designed by George Stephenson and opened on 17 January 1826, making it one of the world’s first modern railways. It was 15 miles long when completed in 1855. Each end was locomotive worked; the six mile middle section consisting of rope worked inclines with very steep gradients.

  • "What a lovely and surprising place this is. The guide was very knowledgeable. Set aside 2.5hrs for the visit. A snack from the cafe is well recommended, don't miss the sausage rolls. Will definitely be back."

    Colin Thompson

  • "I had a great morning at The Bowes Railway yesterday. I was shown around by enthusiastic guide Wilf and a very busy Amanda. He went above and beyond in escorting me around the site and inside most of the various sheds and engineering shops for over an hour. Thank you both very much"

    Rob Davidson

  • "Fantastic place all the staff were really helpful and welcoming. My son (2 years) loved seeing all the engines and trucks. We took part in the crafts and there was a good range to keep him entertained for a couple of hours, then he didn't want to leave. Thanks to the excellent team"

    Emma Mcmain


Latest news

15 April 2021

Raise a Glass ! Another Joinery team to read more

  10 customised picnic benches made by Bowes Railway volunteers, Steve and Phil, for Springwell  Social Club, who launched their Fab NEW beer garden!

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09 April 2021

SOLD! Our trip to Cresswell... click for more

Big Thanks to our volunteers Steve and Phil for making another fine Coal Tub Planter in Bowes Joinery Workshop! Delivered yesterday to the DRIFT CAFE

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Let's reconnect in 2021 to WALK THE LINE & Discover your Heritage

WALK THE LINE is set to return -Hopefully later this SPRING 2021 for a new series of short and medium level guided walks led by our experienced Tour Guides to following the 15 mile stretch of Bowes Railway line.

 Over a series of weeks we will be covering a variety of walks including  Dipton's Delight Colliery, Burnopfield, Tanfield Railway, Birkheads Crossing, Kibblesworth down to Team Valley, passing underneath the East Coast main Line A1M and A167, then up hill to Blackfell Engine House and Blackham's Hill Winding House which will be opened for viewing on selected dates.


If you would like to know more about the walks or register to receive a schedule of walk dates please contact us for more information on:

Mobile :0785 0916484 or email: [email protected]




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