Historic Sunderland train station plays host to The Great Railway Treasure Hunt

Assistant learning officer Marie Harrison promoting the Great Railway Treasure Hunt at Monkwearmouth Station Museum.
Assistant learning officer Marie Harrison promoting the Great Railway Treasure Hunt at Monkwearmouth Station Museum.
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A TREASURE hunt will be just the ticket for trainspotters at Monkwearmouth Station Museum.

The Sunderland heritage site is playing host to The Great Railway Treasure Hunt, which is being held in 50 venues across the UK.

It aims to get families and children to celebrate and learn more about Britain’s engineering history.

The museum in North Bridge Street will hold the activity, which is offering £1,000-worth of prizes, until September.

Children’s author Chris Vine, who writes the Peter’s Railway books, is backing the drive to encourage people to explore the heritage of Britain’s steam railways.

The steam engine enthusiast is offering a top prize of £500 for the highest-scoring competitor, £250 for the runner-up, and a further £250 for the entrant who has visited the most railways or museums throughout the summer.

Families visiting Monkwearmouth Station Museum – built by so-called “Railway King” George Hudson – can explore the Edwardian booking office, antique carriages in the wagon shed and learn more about the past and present-day trains that travel through the station and hunt for answers to the quiz.

Jennie Lambert, learning officer at the museum, said: “The competition is a great way to link all the railway museums in the North East.

“Cash prizes always encourage people, and knowing that they can win by visiting other places may put it in people’s minds to go to other attractions.

“People are always looking for things to do in the summer holidays. I’ll be encouraging my nieces and nephews to have a go at the treasure hunt then.”

The treasure hunt is free to enter and open to children aged 14 and under. The competition closes on September 30.

A different quiz sheet for each of the participating venues can be downloaded from PetersRailway.com. Other venues taking part in the North East include the National Railway’s Locomotion Museum, Shildon.