Stephenson Railway Museum
The museum opened in 1986 to commemorate local railway pioneers George and Robert Stephenson, and to provide a permanent home for the museum's rail transport collections. It is on the site of the former Tyne and Wear Metro test track, which was originally the line to the staithes on the Backworth Colliery system.
George Stephenson lived locally from 1802 until 1823 and Robert, his son, was born during this time. The museum is home to George Stephenson's Billy, a forerunner of the world-famous Rocket. Billy is joined by many other engines from the great age of steam including Jackie Milburn, named after the Newcastle United legend.
The museum is also the northern terminus of the North Tyneside Steam Railway. The museum's location is adjacent to the Blyth & Tyne footpath, approximately 1.5 miles (2.4 km) north of Percy Main metro station and a similar distance south of Shiremoor metro station.
Tyne and Wear Museums and North Tyneside Council's head of cultural services have submitted plans for feasibility study into developing the museum into a premier North East railway tourist attraction, with period buildings, a link to Percy Main Metro station, and all year round opening.[dated info]
North Tyneside Steam Railway Association (NTSRA)
Formerly the Monkwearmouth Station Museum Association the NTSRA was formed in the late 1980s at the Stephenson Railway Museum. The association is managed by a committee that meets quarterly and has an Annual General Meeting yearly. The association exists to provide a volunteer workforce to assist with the maintenance and conservation of locomotives and rolling stock. During the spring through to the autumn the volunteers operate the steam train service from Museum to Percy Main, approximately a 4-mile (6.4 km) round trip.