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.
Updated : 11 January2021
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
Sunderland Museum

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.