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Bowes Railway

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Bowes Railway

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Owen Smith wrote a review Jan 2020
Gateshead, United Kingdom10 contributions7 helpful votes
Really good and teaches you a lot about trains. My great great grandad was the manager here. Really nice place to visit in a lovely village.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Joanne R wrote a review Sep 2019
Dumfries, United Kingdom284 contributions55 helpful votes
Host to a mini car event. Fantastic lication and they offered plenty for children - colouring(they had tailored to cars) and construction/imaginative play - new addition from last year. Staff are so friendly and welcoming.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Northern Mines & Collieries wrote a review Sep 2019
Durham, United Kingdom30 contributions8 helpful votes
We will go again, a great experience to see and learn more about the history of how the North east Labour force toiled for the rest of the country and landmark innovation that built the first railway so the future could be built, then they cast the working man aside after building their empire which is now turning on the descendants of all the real families of the country who own this land or did until we allowed them to take it away by using the Lisbon Treaty. We are now but slaves to these private families who have all the money and let us play with paper they print. .
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Date of experience: October 2018
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280DavidC wrote a review Aug 2019
Brookmans Park, United Kingdom101 contributions32 helpful votes
A museum on the site of one of the first and last coal Railways in the North East. At £2.00 per person to enter with a free guided tour this has to reflect the fact that it is staffed entirely by volunteers. The railway dates back to the time when Newcastle and Durham were large mining entries (hence the expression carrying coals to Newcastle); that was before Scargill and Thatcher between them destroyed the industry and the lives and the communities of the people who risked their health and life down the mines. Well worth a visit for anyone interested in history and especially for train buffs.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Millie024 wrote a review Jul 2019
Llantwit Major, United Kingdom352 contributions149 helpful votes
We were the first people to arrive, and a helpful volunteer immediately pounced on my husband and ensured we were visiting the museum, in a friendly way. He then took us around the site, for one and a half hours, far longer than we had expected to stay. The time went very fast, as what we were shown was so interesting. The Bowes railway museum commemorated a colliery railway down to the coal staithes on the river Tyne, that is the only remaining example of a standard gauge cable powered line. The small but highly skilled volunteer group have achieved a great deal, but the railway could really do with lots more help, vast injections of cash, and possibly more visitors. It was good to see the blacksmith's shop, the model of a collier's home, with the drop down bed in a cupboard, and the way that the rail system worked. Also to hear that an owl has begun to roost in the engine shed. There is a small cafe, staffed by a very pleasant lady. Both the volunteers we spoke to were infectiously enthusiastic, and it was a pleasure to meet them.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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