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Donations

The railway is run by volunteers. A huge task for a very important industrial monument. The railway receives no funding for running costs and relies on raising money through events, sales and, very importantly, donations from well-wishers. If you would care to donate, make cheques payable to Bowes Railway Company[…]

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The 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[…]

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Open Days

The Museum is open every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday for visitors, on these days volunteers will be on site – if you visit on these days a member will be happy to give you a guided tour of the site between 10am & 4pm. Our open dates for 2016 will be the first[…]

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Rope Haulage

The present system of haulage used on the Railway is a development of the earliest methods of hauling coals to rivers for shipment. These early methods used horses to pull a wagon on the flat and uphill. For going downhill the horse was attached to the rear of the wagon[…]

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