Weatherhill engine, 1975
©National Railway Museum/ Science & Society Picture Library
Workers fixing the Weatherhill engine, by Edna Lumb, 1975. The Weatherhill winding engine was built in 1833 on the Stanhope & Tyne Railway, which carried limestone from quarries to the port in Newcastle. The engine was needed to pull locomotives up the steep incline. Winding engines were more effective at pulling trains up hills than steam powered locomotives. The engine was used until 1919 and now stands in the Great Hall at the National Railway Museum. This watercolour was one of a series of paintings produced to mark the opening of the National Railway Museum. The paintings are of the NRM and its collection.