(Please note that the museum is currently closed – we will publish a re-opening date when available.)
Today The Museum displays focus on the importance of Wylam and its several local railway pioneers, including George Stephenson, Timothy Hackworth and William Hedley, whose work was so significant in the early development of railways. Also represented are the stories of the old waggonway that enabled coal to be transported from Wylam to the staithes further down the River Tyne and the Newcastle to Carlisle Railway, on which Wylam station is one of the oldest stations in the world to be still in use. The former North Wylam line and station, which closed in 1968, are also illustrated.
In 2013, the Museum was enhanced by the addition of two one-twelfth scale “working models” of two of the earliest locomotives, the “Puffing Billy” and the “Wylam Dilly”. These models were commissioned by Wylam Parish Council following a very generous bequest for the purpose and they add immensely to the attraction of this small but interesting Museum.
The proximity of Stephenson’s Cottage (National Trust) makes the possibility of combining visits to these two places of interest even more worthwhile for individuals, families or school groups, the latter by prior arrangement.
Entry to the Museum is free and is available when the Library is open:
Tuesdays 1.00 to 6.00pm
Thursdays 1.00 to 6.00pm
Saturdays 9.00am to 12 noon
Wylam Railway Museum
The Falcon Centre
Wylam NE41 8EE