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Wagon Repair Shop, Bowes Railway Museum

Wagon Repair Shop, Bowes Railway Museum, Springwell Village, Sunderland NE9 7QJ View on map

Bowes Railway, a scheduled monument, is 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. The Wagon Shop was originally built as a massive coal bunker and then converted into a wagon repair shop in 1932 following the closure of the colliery. The museum is open to visitors and when possible the haulage is demonstrated in action.


Opening Arrangements

Site open April to September 2017, Tuesday to Saturday 9am- 4.30pm. Check website for details:

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.


Road: Approximately 10 miles west of Sunderland, on the north edge of Springwell village between A1 and A184. The wagon shop is approximately 150m from the main museum site. Rail: Sunderland (10 miles) Bus: No's 55 and 555

Parking Spaces


Car park adjacent to museum, in close proximity to the Wagon Shop.

Disabled Access

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