Bowes Railway Museum - March 2016

10th March 2016

We are really pleased to be given the opportunity to work at Bowes Railway, a Scheduled Ancient Monument.


We are looking at the repair of workshops and the wagon sheds. 


It is one of the earliest and best preserved examples of a rope haulage system in the country. Before steam engine power came to the fore, it pioneered the use of a combination of gravity activated and powered rope hauled wagonways. This ingenious solution enabled coal to be transported from the North Durham Coalfield, across the Team Valley escarpment, to the Tyne staiths for loading on to ships and on to market. 


The railway has numerous surviving Victorian buildings serving the needs of the railway and we are looking forward to their restoration. We are working closely with Historic England on the proposals and looking to develop some innovative techniques to enhance the buildings' preservation. 



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