Events to mark the bicentenary
We are developing a range of exciting events planned to mark the bicentenary of the opening of the Hetton Colliery Railway in 2022 Please keep a close eye on this page as we continue to develop the planning of our programme.
The Hetton Conference
18th to the 20th November 2022
Saturday 19th November 2022
9.30 a.m. Welcome & address by James 5th Lord Joicey
(from here the talks are 45 mins. followed by 15 minutes questions.)
10.00 - 11.00 The Hetton Colliery and its Railway John Cook
11.00 - 11.20 Coffee break
11.20 - 12.20 The Hetton Coal Company Partners 1820 - 1836 John Banham
12.20 - 1.30 Lunch
1.30 - 2.30 Nicholas Wood Bill Lancaster
2.30 - 2.50 Coffee break
2.50 - 3.50 The early Hetton locomotives Michael Bailey
Sunday 20th November 2022
9.45 - 10,45 The conservation of steam locomotives built before 1900 Anthony Coulls
11.05 - 12.05 The significance of the Hetton Colliery Railway in railway history Les Turnbull
Lectures in Sunderland
to be held at
Details not finalised but may include
John Cook The Hetton Colliery and its Railway
David Fraser Lambton and Hetton Staiths on the River Wear
Neil Sinclair In search of the Hetton Railway
Hetton Railway Bicentenary Sculpture
It is proposed to create a community structure to commemorate 200 years since the opening of the Hetton Railway, the intention is to create a sculpture using fabricated steel, coloured glass and light.
The sculpture will consist of 350 glass panels which will be shared between local schools who, in addition to learning about the railway will participate in the design and creation of the glass panels before they are then added to the sculpture. To learn more about the project contact
A number of books associated with the celebration are in preparation including :
Les Turnbull. Hidden Treasures. View the title page here
John Banham. The Hetton Coal Company Partners 1822 - 1836.
e - Learning Experience
An e- Learning course is in preparation which will enable a user to follow the full history of the railway from its inception to its final closure. A feature of this course is that the user can, if they wish, follow in greater depth a number of topics important in the development of the railway (e.g. local geology, mining development and the origins of steam power).
The course will be prepared in a variety of formats and available for distribution to schools, local libraries, museums and the general public.