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.

Join us at East Tanfield station on Saturday 18th August from 12.30pm as John Grundy, local historian and broadcaster, officially launches recently overhauled steam locomotive 'Austerity' N.C.B No.49 and restored carriage N.C.B A15.

Throughout the weekend travel on our vintage passenger train and ride-on freight train. Please note there is no extra charge to travel on the ride-on freight train, however limited spaces are available.

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 between 11am and 3.30pm by George Welch, Christine Jeans and Beamish Museum's Singaround Sunday group, featuring Kiddars Luck, Bill Elliott, Kevin Youldon, Mike Davidson, Ian Rutter and William Blyth.
  • Bowes Railway display and Springwell Banner.
  • A display of local mining and railway photography by the Consett & District Heritage Initiative.
  • St George’s Riverside model railway layout.
  • On Saturday, have a go at making a model Colliery pit winding wheel.
  • David Fraser’s extensive exhibition on North Eastern Railway High Level Coal Staiths.
  • Miners' Hymns film screening in Andrews House station waiting area.
  • In Andrews House station garden enjoy the Tanfield Railway Brass Band on Saturday from 1pm to 2pm and Aycliffe and Brancepeth Brass Band on Sunday at 1.30pm to 2.15pm and 2.30pm to 3.15pm.
  • Northumbria Ramblers with a display on their recently relaunched Heritage Way.
  • On Saturday, enjoy a small display of vehicles by the Friends of Beamish at East Tanfield station.
  • Guided tours of our 1854 built Marley Hill engine shed on Sunday. Tours start from Marley Hill Carriage Shed.

Normal train fares apply - click here for information. Entry to the site is free. Our Summer holiday offer continues too... Children travel for £1!

Click here to view the Mining Heritage Weekend train timetable.