The World's Only Standard Gauge Cable Railway

Bowes Railway

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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

WHAT'S HAPPENING

Latest news

19 February 2021

BOWES Half Term PANCAKE WHEELS


A YUMMY TREAT for 20 Bowes young followers Thanks to Sunderland Council - Washington West Ward for supporting the Pancake Kit GIVEAWAY   

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23 December 2020

Merry Christmas


We would like to thank you for your continued support during 2020 We wish everyone a safe and Happy Christmas From all the team at Bowes railway and SNCBC

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11 February 2020

CHECK OUT OUR PRINTABLE ACTIVITIES TO TRY AT HOME


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23 January 2020

Fell Dyke Community Primary School Visit


A great day was had by all!

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15 November 2019

FOR SALE


A UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY TO PURCHASE THIS HANDCRAFTED COLLIERY STYLE COAL TUB MADE IN BOWES RAILWAY WORKSHOPS AT SPRINGWELL VILLAGE ONLY £400 mounted on a piece of rail or sold for Nearest Offer without mount Call in to the site on any opening day Thursday or Saturday 10am till 3pm to see this fantast...

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A FRESH START IN 2021

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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