Saturday - Bowes Railway

The Bowes Railway is atypical in that much of it was rope hauled. It was built to get coal down to the coast, initially to the Wear but later to the Tyne. Whilst there’s little prospect of them actually running trains on the inclines they do normally run trips on the flat track but this has failed a safety inspection and is currently being relaid and brought up to standard. You can walk around part of the site alone but you have to be guided round much of it.