Mining Heritage Weekend

Join us for our Mining Heritage Weekend on Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th August, for a celebration of the North East’s mining and industrial railway heritage.


Enjoy miners' banners, heritage group displays and brass band and folk music performances.

On Saturday, both recently overhauled steam locomotive 'Austerity' N.C.B No.49 and restored carriage N.C.B A15, will be officially launched into traffic.

Throughout the weekend travel on our vintage passenger train and see our demonstration National Coal Board freight train in action.

Currently confirmed;

  • Beamish Museum - display of mining artefacts and banners.
  • Tanfield Lea Banner Group with the Tanfield Lea lodge banner on display.
  • Morrison Busty Lodge Miners banner on display and fundraising stand from Morrison Lodges Banner Group.
  • Land of Oak and Iron - display and a selection of mining banners.
  • Sunniside Local History Society.
  • The Tommy Armstrong Society.
  • The Felling - artefacts, archive images and displays.
  • Folk music at East Tanfield station by George Welch and Christine Jeans. Beamish Museum's Singaround Sunday group will also be joining us during the weekend, featuring Kiddars Luck, Bill Elliott, Kevin Youldon, Mike Davidson, Ian Rutter and William Blyth.
  • Bowes Railway display.
  • David Fraser’s extensive exhibition on North Eastern Railway High Level Coal Staiths.
  • Miners' Hymns film screening in Andrews House station waiting area.
  • Guided tours of our 1854 built Marley Hill engine shed.

Normal train fares apply - click here for information. Entry to the site is free.

Train timetable to be confirmed soon.