As part of our Great North Festival of Transport, join us for our annual steam fair – The Great North Steam Fair!
We’ll have an amazing line-up of visiting vehicles plus Beamish transport, all of which will be in action and on view around the museum
The extraordinary line-up will include steam locomotives, up to 100 motor vehicles such as motorcycles, cars and lorries, and around 20 road steam vehicles.
One of the highlights of this year’s Fair is a visit by 15 inch gauge steam locomotive ‘River Mite’ from the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway in Cumbria, the very first locomotive of this gauge to visit the museum. Built in 1966, River Mite was hauled to Cumbria by Fowler road engine Providence and this very same engine, a regular visitor to Beamish, will recreate that at the 2017 Fair.
Other Great North Steam Fair highlights include train rides at the 1820s Waggonway and at Rowley Station behind Peckett locomotive, with Bon Accord in steam in the goods yard. The museum’s own Lewin and Coffee Pot engines will be working on the colliery railway alongside visiting loco ‘Diana’ on the nearby narrow gauge track. A model tramway exhibition will be on view, there are rides on the model engineers’ railway and transport-themed family activities for everyone to enjoy.
Why not take a look at some photos from the 2016 event?
As with all daytime events, you can use your Unlimited Pass!
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