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.
Currently open Monday-Friday 10-4pm and first weekend of the month where guided site tours, shunting demonstrations and mining displays will be available. Access to hauler house by request during these times. Check website for further details: www.bowesrailway.uk.
- Open on Heritage Open Day
- Other Charges: Charges apply on operating days. 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.
Car park adjacent to museum. Hauler House is some 600m distant.
- Wheelchair access: Partial
- Disabled Toilets: Yes
- Assistance dogs: Yes