Blackham's Hill Hauler House, Bowes Railway

Blackham's Hill Hauler House, Bowes Railway, Springwell, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear NE9 7QJ View on map

The Bowes Railway, a Scheduled Monument and the only cable hauled railway still in operation in the UK. It was opened in 1826 and laid out by George Stephenson to serve Springwell Colliery. Blackham's Hill is at the summit of two rope worked inclines and the hauler house contains the winding engine for the two inclines. The museum is open to visitors and when possible the haulage is demonstrated in action.


Opening Arrangements

Site is open 1st April to 30th September 2018, Friday to Sunday 10am- 3pm. Check website for details of additional events:

Admission Charges

  • Other Charges: Charges apply on operating days and some special events. Entry usually free when site is in static exhibits mode but donations are welcome.


Approximately 10 miles west of Sunderland, on the north edge of Springwell village between A1 and A184. The Hauler house is approximately 600 metres from the main museum site and is usually reached by a short steam loco and carriage ride. Rail: Sunderland (10 miles) Bus: No's 55 and 555.

Parking Spaces


Car park adjacent to museum. Hauler house is some 600m distant

Disabled Access

  • Wheelchair access: Partial
  • Disabled Toilets: Yes
  • Assistance dogs: Yes