Autumn Transport Gala

Sat 25th - Sun 26th Sep

Join us and see a whole host of fantastic working transport exhibits, including rare items from our own collection, to celebrate a return of the popular transport themed events to the museum’s calendar, following the cancellation of our fiftieth anniversary celebrations in 2020.

See an array of road steam engines, motorcars and motorcycles, bicycles, trams, buses and railway locomotives throughout the weekend.

Exhibits include at least ten traction engines and steam rollers, 20 pre-war Morris cars, the museum’s own trams and buses, five locomotives on the Colliery railways (standard and narrow gauge), the Pockerley Waggonway and a variety of historic motorcycle, bicycles and commercial vehicles from Beamish’s own collections!

Coffee Pot No.1 will be in steam, celebrating its 150th anniversary this year, a remarkable survivor, built by Head Wrightson on Teesside, in 1871.

The Autumn Transport Gala will also be one of the last opportunities to see Seaham Harbour Dock Company No.18 in steam, as the locomotive will be retired from operation in October, pending overhaul.

Vehicles will be in action around the museum site, as well as on display in several locations. Visitors will once again be able to ride on the museum’s tramway (between The 1900s Town and Foulbridge), as well as on the replica Georgian Waggonway, behind Puffing Billy.

All visitors will need to pre-book an timeslot entry ticket to the museum online in advance of their visit, including Friends of Beamish members and Beamish Unlimited Pass holders. Book your timeslot tickets here.

Beamish is continuing to follow government and public health COVID-19 safety guidance and reserves the right to alter events, activities, facilities, operations and opening times without prior notice.