Week long events for Stephenson

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A week of train inspired free family events are being held to celebrate it being 200 years since North Tyneside’s George Stephenson built his first locomotive Blücher in July 1814.

Staff at Stephenson Railway Museum are working closely with North Tyneside Council as they embark on their Heritage Lottery funded programme of events to celebrate.

Geoff Woodward, manager of North Tyneside Museums at Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums, said: “This exciting week of family events at Stephenson Railway Museum may even help inspire the next generation of North Tyneside engineers.”

On Monday, July 21, and Tuesday, July 22, children’s author Chris Vine who wrote Peter’s Railway will be at the museum for a meet and greet, and to sell and sign his books.

On the Wednesday and Thursday, the North East Meccano Society will bring all their train inspired creations to the museum, and on Friday, Technology Tom will be at the museum to lead creative engineering workshops and help visitors make their own train.

Call (0191) 200 7146 for more information.