Stephenson Steam Railway
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What will students see and do?
Stephenson Steam Railway is a museum in North Shields that enables visitors to re-live the glorious days of the steam railway. It celebrates the pioneers of railways, George and Robert Stephenson, who spent 20 years in North Tyneside developing their ideas on railways and locomotives, which helped spread their use around the world.
There are animated films and displays that explore how trains work and how people’s lives were impacted by coal and electricity, fuels that were crucial in the development of railway power.
Several fascinating locomotives are also on display in the museum. These include:
• Killingworth Billy, an early locomotive that was built in Newcastle around 1816 and used for hauling coal. It is the world’s third oldest surviving steam locomotive and was a forerunner of the world-famous Rocket.
• Steam and diesel locomotives that were used on Tyneside and elsewhere from as early as the 1880s.
• An electrically-powered parcels van built in 1904, which originated from the pioneering Tyneside suburban electric railway system.
• An electric locomotive that was built in 1909 and used on a colliery line.
• A fleet of passenger coaches from the 1950s. On scheduled days, visitors can take a ride on them, pulled by steam or heritage diesel locomotives.
The museum is dedicated to supporting all learners, including those who have special educational needs and disabilities. To support these students, the site works in partnership with teaching staff to adapt workshops to be as comfortable as possible while encouraging children to build their practical, visual, cognitive and communication skills.
Teaching resources provided
Stephenson Steam Railway has two activities on its website – making an engine driver’s hat and building your own train using cardboard boxes and tubes.
Minimum and maximum group size
Varies depending on the workshop, but the maximum is typically 30 students.
Details of risk assessment
Teachers are welcome to take a preliminary visit. The venue’s hazard identification sheet can be downloaded from the website.
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As well as the museum, there is the Waggonway Tea Room, which serves a range of hot and cold drinks, sandwiches, cakes and homemade soup; indoor and outdoor picnic areas; and a gift shop that sells a range of souvenirs, books and railway memorabilia.
Child (4 and under): Free
Child (5-16 years): £5
There are additional costs for workshops.
The museum is well signposted from the A19/A1058 junction and is behind the Silverlink Retail Park. There is free parking. If travelling by train, up to three children aged 11 and under can travel for free with a fare-paying adult – see the website for details.
Stephenson Steam Railway, Middle Engine Lane, Wallsend, North Shields
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