North Tyneside Steam Railway

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Industry Transportation
Location North Shields, Tyne And Wear, United Kingdom
Introduction The Association that operates the railway was formed in 1977 as The Monkwearmouth Station Museum Association for the purpose of assisting the then named Tyne & Wear Joint Museums Service to restore railway related items at the former Goods Shed at Monkwearmouth, Sunderland. The first items to receive members attention were Consett Iron Company's diesel locomotive No.10 and steam locomotive A.No.5. We have a purpose built train shed consisting of a locomotive stabling space, a locomotive workshop and a carriage and wagon workshop. The actual railway runs from Middle Engine Lane (shed & museum) two miles towards Percy Main terminus, going past Silverlink retail centre and roughly following the old British Rail lines. Trains run every Sunday and bank holiday from April to October, including Santa Specials in December, every year. Many different events are held including a Day Out With Thomas event during the peak of summer time. Additional exhibits have been acquired by Tyne Wear Museums & Archives (who now operate the site); North Tyneside Council, and ourselves. As well as carrying out restoration and maintenance work on these, our volunteers operate the railway.