All aboard for Beamish’s annual Great North Steam Fair!
It’s full steam ahead for the second event of the Great North Festival of Transport, where we’ll have an amazing line-up of over 100 vehicles and locomotives in action and on view at the museum.
Around 90 motor vehicles such as motorcycles, cars and lorries, and more than 15 road steam vehicles are expected – an amazing spectacle for families and enthusiasts alike!
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 will recreate that at the event – an opportunity not to be missed!
Other Great North Steam Fair highlights Samson and Steam Elephant in operation at the Waggonway; Aberdeen Gas Works locomotive Bon Accord at Rowley Station; Kerr Stuart built locomotives Diane and Roger on the narrow gauge railway and Puffing Billy making a rare working visit to the colliery railway where it joins the 1871 built Coffee Pot on a train of chaldron waggons.
Narrow gauge engine Diana will be in operation on the Narrow Gauge Railway in the Colliery Yard alongside traction engine Mary Margaret and a saw bench operating a timber logging display, opposite Pockerley tram stop. Whilst in that area you’ll be able to see a cross cutting saw bench operated by another beautiful traction engine near the boiler house. Whilst Steam Locomotive Puffing Billy will be running on the Colliery Railway, with the museum’s Coffee Pot engine also on display.
Demonstrations include two saw benches, timber logging, threshing and baling with traction engines, Friends of Beamish and, on Saturday and Sunday, visitors can see the Durham Pals and Gordon Highlanders military re-enactment groups.
For those younger visitors, the museum’s Learning Team will be demonstrating how steam engines work in The Pit Village chapel, with a visit to see a static engine at 11am, 12pm, 2pm and 3pm.
In addition to all of the amazing transport excitement above, we’ll also have a model tramway exhibition, which will be on view in the Collections Study Room, and rides available on the model engineers’ railway nearby (Saturday and Sunday).
Take a walk around the museum and discover the amazing array of steam engines at this ever-popular event.
Please note: Trams will not be running between Pockerley and the Entrance due to track maintenance work. They will be operating a two-way service between the Entrance and Pockerley via The Town.
Why not take a look at some photos from the 2016 event?
As with all daytime events, you can use your Unlimited Pass!
*Beamish reserves the right to alter or change this programme at any time.