This browser is not fully supported by Historic England. Please update your browser to the latest version so that you get the best from our website.

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.

Contact

Opening Arrangements

Museum (including Wagon Shop) open Monday-Friday 10-4pm and first weekend of every month. Guide available upon request.

Admission Charges

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

Directions

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

240

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

Disabled Access

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