Stephenson Heritage Railway – June 2019 – Part 3

Part 1 HERE  Part 2 HERE

After we finally gave up going for rides, we got to look around in the workshops,with the lovely gentlemen explaining things to us.

Explaining what’s to be done
work in progress – This steam locomotive was built for the Ashington Coal Company in Northumberland in 1939 by Peckett & Sons, Bristol. The Ashington Coal Company had one of Britain’s most extensive colliery railways. For 30 years it hauled wagons of coal from the company’s pits, and also passenger trains for the miners.  In 1991 it was acquired by Stephenson Railway Museum and was given the additional name of Jackie Milburn in honour of the great Newcastle United footballer who grew up in Ashington.

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?

No bodies

‘Bait’ up here is Geordie for lunch

Lunch timer
Our lovely workshop guide.

They let you drive a train up and down a bit for £2 which was a bargain, and Sophie was definitely up for that!

Driving Instructions

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.

The 401 – Thomas Burt

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


30 thoughts on “Stephenson Heritage Railway – June 2019 – Part 3

  1. I would have had to ask what they were going to use the cake baking tin for!
    Great to be able to drive the train for £2!

    As for the tool-drawers, I don’t even know what half of those names mean. 🙂
    A great day out, FR.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  2. Historical and hands-on places are the best, and trains are such a part of all our history. This looks like a great place to visit. I really enjoyed this series a lot! Keep ’em coming.

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  3. The black and white photos are wonderful. I prefer them to the colour ones on this post.

    I’d have to disagree with an earlier commenter about the Industrial Revolution hanging on Stephenson. He wasn’t even born when it started in the mid-eighteenth century. By the time he was doing stuff, it was already the Industrial Age. That’s why his inventions were so important.

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