The Waggonway

25% off beamishThe Waggonway name was selected working in partnership with Beamish Museum. Read more about Waggonway history in the section below.

  • Travel to Beamish Museum by bus and get 25% discount on the standard admission charge*.
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28 / 28A The Waggonway Chester-le-Street - Pelton Fell - Grange Villa - Beamish - Pelton - Ouston - Birtley - Wrekenton (28) - Kibblesworth (28A) - Gateshead - Newcastle

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Waggonway History

Waggonways predated railways and first appeared in the UK in 1604. At first they were little more than improved roadways, with wooden rails to guide the wains carrying the coal.

In the North East they developed into sophisticated transport networks for the carriage of coal. This also saw the development of the chaldron waggon – an icon of the region’s industrial history.

Waggonways ran on dedicated routes. The rails were wooden and a downhill gradient towards the river staithes (where the coal was shipped from) was favoured, enabling gravity to play a role in the process. Horses hauled the empty chaldrons back up hill to the collieries. As the tonnages of coal increased, waggonways were replaced by railways, with metal rails and steam locomotive haulage.

There were numerous waggonways along the route of the No.28 bus, carrying coal from collieries around Beamish and Stanley down to the River Wear at Fatfield. Many lasted only a few years, while others were eventually converted into railways.

Beamish Museum

For the cost of a single admission you can visit time and time again for a whole 12 months at no extra charge with a Beamish Unlimited Pass. Buy your pass online at or when you next visit Beamish.

*Terms and conditions apply.
Discount applies to all individual tickets, including the Beamish Unlimited Pass. Not available on family tickets. Valid bus ticket for each passenger must be shown at admission desk.
The museum reserves the right to refuse admission.

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