After we finally gave up going for rides, we got to look around in the workshops,with the lovely gentlemen explaining things to us.
Some fab old tool boxes in use
They had had some Thomas the Tank faces made for the front of the big steam engines to make the kids smile, but the people who own Thomas the Tank wouldn’t let them use them, so they just hang in the workshop. I mean, what harm would it do really?
‘Bait’ up here is Geordie for lunch
They let you drive a train up and down a bit for £2 which was a bargain, and Sophie was definitely up for that!
We also had a look in the museum and around the outside.
Billy is one of the oldest locomotives in the world, built and designed by George Stephenson in 1816 and one of the most innovative transport systems of it’s day and was used for over 50 years.
This locomotive is named after Thomas Burt, a miners’ leader from Northumberland who in 1874 became the first working man to be elected as an MP. Also known as Vulcan, the 401 was one of three built in 1951 at Stafford by W.G. Bagnall Ltd for the Steel Company of Wales.
So that ends our visit to Stephenson Heritage Museum.
All pictures are by me and embiggenable with a click.
There is an album with more pictures of it HERE
and their excellent website is HERE
Stay tooned for our next adventure, a revisit to Cragside to see the rhododendrons