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Locomotion newsletter

Monthly newsletters from Locomotion - the National Railway Museum at Shildon.

Locomotion Newsletter - March 2011

Mutual Improvement classes begin,  DLPG AGM, Coach Tourism Council annual meeting, silver models go on display, Model Motion, and Friends of the NRM talk.

Locomotion Newsletter - April 2011

North Eastern photo shoot, BBC Radio 4 "Any Questions", Locomotion Rocks, Family fun day at Easter, Sir Berkley arrives at Locomotion and the Royal Wedding.

Locomotion Newsletter -May 2011

We’re giving visitors the chance to learn more about the early days of steam at our railway gala event on Sunday May 1st and Monday May 2nd.

Locomotion Newsletter - June 2011

Fred Ramshaw will be giving an MIC on the topic of parts of the boiler and boiler management. This session starts at 10am on Sunday June 12, and will be held in the Education Room. All are welcome to attend – if you’d like any more information, or would like to come along, please let Pam know.

Locomotion Newletter - July 2011

Learn more about pioneering railway engineer Timothy Hackworth’s impact on our area in the free guided walk at Locomotion. The walk – entitled ‘The Hidden Archaeology of Timothy Hackworth’ – is part of the Festival of British Archaeology 2011, an annual extravaganza of heritage events co-ordinated by the Council for British Archaeology.

Locomotion Newsletter - August 2011

The summer program including Model Mania, the APT-E Reunion, Bikes and Trikes, RailArt 2011, York-Shildon shuttles, 7th annual steam gala and Mallard's return to York.

Locomotion Newsletter - September 2011

Heritage Open Days, steam shuttles, 7th annual steam gala, Deltic 50, the arrival of the royal train coaches, and much more.

Locomotion Newsletter - October 2011

2011 marks the 50th anniversary of the Class 55 Deltics’ introduction onto the East Coast Main Line. We’re working with the Deltic Preservation Society to celebrate with an event which brings all six surviving production Deltics to Shildon, where they will join the prototype. We’re working with Northern Rail on an event to name a Class 156 locomotive as ‘Timothy Hackworth’, and 1891-built Twizell will be visiting Locomotion from the Tanfield Railway for October half term.

Locomotion Newsletter - November 2011

During w/c October 31st, we’re expecting the arrival of a very special locomotive from Africa. Renowned artist and conservationist David Shepherd has donated the vehicle to the National Collection, and will be visiting Shildon later in the month to see the vehicle on display.

Locomotion Newsletter - December 2011

26 and 27 November Christmas Craft Fair Free Admission.
10, 11, 17 & 18 December Santa's Christmas Special Train ride, magic show, craft activity music and more - with a quality gift for every child - To book call 01388 771439

Locomotion Newsletter - February 2012

We’re pleased to welcome 0-4-0 saddle tank ‘William Steuart Trimble’ to Locomotion. From the Bowes Railway, W.S.T. will be used to haul our passenger steam train service throughout Spring 2012.

Locomotion Newsletter - March 2012

We’re giving visitors the chance to see the world of railways in miniature at Model Motion on Saturday March 10 and Sunday March 11. The event will bring together railway modellers from all over the North East, and will featuring a range of layouts on display - including ‘Steeltown’ by Shildon Model Railway Club and ‘Skaledale Bay’ by Ormesby Hall Model Railway Club. What’s more, there will be a selection of trade stands offer all you need to create your own model railway.

Locomotion Newsletter - April 2012

Visit Locomotion this Easter school holiday to see the new display of the Royal Train of Queen Alexandra (wife of Edward VII) and join in with a host of Royal and Easter themed family activities.

Locomotion Newsletter - May 2012

Locomotion is celebrating industrial steam at the Spring Steam Gala on Sunday May 6 and Monday May 7. The event will include four industrial locomotives in steam – W.S.T., Peckett No. 2084, Coffee Pot No. 1 and Captain Baxter (pictured left). There will also be a range of railway traders in attendance.

Locomotion Newsletter - June 2012

Meccano Magic: don’t miss the fabulous array of static, mechanised and remote controlled Meccano models by the North East Meccano Society, on display at Locomotion on Sunday June 3 and Monday June 4.

Locomotion Newsletter, July 2012

Toy and Train Collectors Fair, Art work display by the Coniscliffe Carving Club, Vintage and Classic Tractors, Access to the Royal Daloon, Shildon Classic Motor Show, Durham Amateur Football Trust exhibition, Festival of British Archeology guided walk around the western end of the site to see part of the legacy of Timothy Hackworth nd hos influence on the town of Shildonand a Classic Bus Rally. July is going to be a busy month.

Locomotion Newsletter, August 2012

Family fun this sumer holiday. Model Mania, Bikes and trikes day.
Hardwicke and Dominion of Canada come to the museum.

Locomotion Newsletter - September 2012

The Soho Engine Shed will be open to the public from Thursday September 6 to Sunday September 9th, as part of the nationwide Heritage Open Days project. Visitors will have the chance to take a closer look at the exhibits inside the building – including the Shildon Works Bell and the Hackworth Plug Wheel.

Locomotion celebrates its 8th anniversary with the Annual Autumn Steam Gala on Saturday September 22nd and Sunday September 23rd.

Locomotion Newsletter, October 2012

Locomotion is looking forward to the arrival of three iconic locomotives this month – LNER A4 Class locomotives Dominion of Canada and Dwight D Eisenhower, and LMS Princess Coronation Class No. 6229 Duchess of Hamilton.

Locomotion Newsletter - November 2012

Locomotion awaits the arrival of the Duchess of Hamilton.

Locomotion Newsletter, December 2012

Our popular Santa’s Christmas Specials events take place on December 15, 16, 22 & 23. Tickets are on sale now – the price includes train ride, craft activities, music, magic show and more! For more information, call the Retail Team on 01388 771439.

Locomotion Newsletter, February 2013

Local Collectors Day event on Sunday February 10. We’re looking forward to seeing a wide range of displays – including miners’ lamps, football shirts, retro games consoles, mechanical bygones and more! Saturday February 16 and Sunday February 17, we’re offering visitors the chance to enjoy a one-to-one session spending 30 minutes driving a steam locomotive.  For the very first time visitors will be able to access the museum workshop from Saturday February 16 to Sunday February 24 and see A4 Pacific locomotive Dominion of Canada.

Locomotion Newsletter, March 2013

Easter Weekend - Friday 29 March to Monday 1 April - For the very first time historic rivals from the 1930s, A4 Class locomotive No. 60010 Dominion of Canada and Princess Coronation Class locomotive No. 6229 Duchess of Hamilton, can be seen displayed alongside each other. Plus enjoy our Easter family trail at the museum on Sunday 31 March.

Locomotion Newsletter, June 2013

A Celebration Of Early Railways – Festival Of The North East, Saturday June 1st to Sunday June 9th. Between 1800 and 1830 a small group of North East businessmen and engineers created the modern railway. This week we celebrate this achievement. The event continues with our second Early Railways Gala this weekend 8th and 9th June.

Locomotion Newsletter, July 2013

A full summer activity programme.

Locomotion Newsletter, August 2013

See Fireman Sam Sunday 18th August At 11am, 12noon, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm. Free arts and crafts activities throughout the day.

Happy Birthday Furness 20 Wednesday 21st August Britain’s oldest working standard gauge steam locomotive celebrates its 150th birthday. There will be free rides for visitors, and the Furness Railway Trust – which owns the engine – will feed the “old girl” a slice of birthday cake!

Locomotion Newsletter, October 2013

The Campaign for Drawing aims to get everyone – regardless of age or ability – involved in creative projects. Every October, The Campaign for Drawing organises The Big Draw – the largest festival in the world. From October 1 to 25, visitors to Locomotion will be invited to take part in our free community art activity suitable for all the family. To join in, simply draw your suggested view from a railway carriage on our giant picture!

Locomotion Newsletter, November 2013

The October half term holiday runs until Sunday November 3, and our daily holiday activities are themed around ‘Locos and Legends’ – wizards, witches, gallant knights, dragons and princesses. We’re giving visitors the chance to access some of the vehicles on display at Locomotion in our Cab It! event on Saturday November 9 and Sunday November 10. Cabs open will include Duchess of Hamilton, Cornwall, Stirling Single No. 1 and Hardwicke. Turn your dream of driving a steam train into reality – with a steam locomotive driver experience session on Saturday November 9 and Sunday November 10.

Locomotion Newsletter, January 2014

In preparation for the final gathering of the six surviving A4 class locomotives, tickets have now gone on sale for two exclusive events. A VIP preview will be taking place on February 14 2014 where guests will be given the opportunity to photograph the locomotives in evening lighting before enjoying a buffet.

Locomotion Newsletter, February 2014


On July 3, 1938, the A4 class locomotive Mallard raced down Stoke Bank at 126mph to set a new steam locomotive world speed record. That record still stands. The NRM is marking the 75th anniversary of Mallard’s achievement with Mallard 75, a series of commemorative events. The last chance to see all six surviving A4 locomotives together will take place at Locomotion: The NRM at Shildon from Saturday February 15 to Sunday February 23. Don’t miss our exciting programme of train rides, cab access, trade stands, talks, photographic events and more!

Locomotion Newsletter, March 2014

After the crowds of the "Great Good Bye", you can still see the 2 LNER A4 Pacifics 60008 Dwight D Eisenhower and 4489 Dominion of Canada on display at Locomotion until Sunday April 20th.

Locomotion Newsletter, April 2014

Another packed list of events.

Locomotion Newsletter, May 2014

Locomotion is celebrating the Great Northern Railway at the Spring Steam Gala event on Sunday May 4 and Monday May 5. The event will feature GNR N2 No. 1744 in steam for cab access and passenger train rides. Visitors will also be able to see GNR Stirling Single No. 1, on display with its newly restored original tender, and GNR Atlantic C1 No. 251. Furness Railway No. 20 will also be in steam for the event. A range of traders will be at the event, offering railway and modelling goods.

Locomotion Newsletter, June 2014

This week, Locomotion has welcomed two new arrivals for display. GWR Pannier Tank No. 5775 arrived from the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway for cosmetic restoration in our Conservation Workshop. The locomotive was featured in the 1970 British film drama ‘The Railway Children’.  We also welcomed S160 No. 2253. This ex-US Army Transportation Corps locomotive was built by Baldwins in Philadelphia, USA, in 1943. It is one of more than 4000 similar locomotives built between 1943 and 1946 to serve the US Military in Europe, Africa and parts of Asia.

Locomotion Newsletter, July 2014

GWR Pannier Tank No. 5775 is now in the Conservation Workshop for cosmetic restoration. The locomotive was featured in the 1970 British drama film ‘The Railway Children' starring Dinah Sheridan, Jenny Agutter, Sally Thomsett and Bernard Cribbins. Over the coming months, Locomotion’s Workshop team will restore the locomotive to the golden ochre livery from the film. We are looking for volunteers with skills in light engineering and cosmetic restoration to get involved with the No. 5775 restoration project.

Locomotion Newsletter, August 2014

First World War Rememberance Display: Members of the Friends of the National Railway Museum (North East) Branch have produced a small display which links into the nationwide activity around the centenary of the start of WW1. Available in the Shildon Memories case until late October, the display includes a railway book of remembrance, medals and posters.

Locomotion Newsletter, September 2014

Locomotion will welcome back a host of old friends to its 10th Annual Steam Gala on Saturday September 20th and Sunday September 21st. The planned line up of locomotives in steam for the event is:

  • Working replica of Stephenson’s Rocket
  • Haydock 0-6-0 Well Tank
  • Bellerophon
  • Hawthorn Leslie No. 2
  • Kitson No. 5
  • Furness Railway No. 20

GNR Atlantic No. 251 and LMS Black 5 No. 5000 will both be on static display outside the Collection Building. To celebrate the museum’s 10th birthday, visitors will be able to enjoy free steam train rides throughout the weekend. Cab access to locomotives in light steam, miniature train rides, trade stands, displays by heritage railways, talks, childrens’ activities, and a fair organ will also be available.

Locomotion Newsletter, October 2014

THE BIG DRAW: Throughout October, visitors to Locomotion will be invited to write on, colour in and draw a train made from giant cardboard boxes. This is Locomotion’s contribution to The Big Draw, an annual event organised by The Campaign for Drawing which aims to get everyone – regardless of age or ability – involved in creative projects.

Locomotion Newsletter, November 2014

On Saturday November 8 and Sunday November 9, visitors will be given the chance to access footplates of selected vehicles on display at Locomotion. Vehicles open to the public will include US Army Transportation Corps S160 No. 2253 and GWR Pannier Tank No. 5775 – star of ‘The Railway Children’.

Locomotion Newsletter, December 2014 and January 2015

We’re pleased to announce that LNER Class V2 No. 4771 Green Arrow arrived at Locomotion earlier this week, and is now on display in our Collection Building. No. 4771 Green Arrow was built in June 1936 for the London and North Eastern Railway at Doncaster Works, to a design by Sir Nigel Gresley. The first-built and only surviving member of its class, it was designed for hauling express freight and passenger trains, and named after an express freight service.

Locomotion Newsletter, February 2015

Locomotion’s Winter Gala takes place on Saturday February 14 and Sunday February 15. Visitors will have the chance to see three locomotives with links to 'The Railway Children' – GWR No. 5775, Stirling Single No. 1 and J72 69023. Steam train rides behind 69023 will be available for a small charge, and there will a wide range of modelling and railway trade stands in the Collection Building.

Locomotion Newsletter, March 2015

Driver experiences on 69023 JOEM. On Saturday March 28th and Sunday March 29th, we’re offering steam driver experiences using NELPG’s J72 Class locomotive No. 69023 Joem. For more information, please contact our Retail Team on 01388 771439.

Locomotion Newsletter, April 2015

Rapido Scan Paery. Rapido Trains Inc. is working with on a new model as part of the NRM Exclusives “National Collection in Miniature” series. Details of the new model will be announced at a 3D Scan Party at Locomotion on Wednesday April 8. Everyone is welcome to join in – you’ll have the chance to see the 3D scan of the secret new model in progress; meet members of the Rapido and teams; view a model railway layout display by Shildon Model Railway Club; and enjoy cab access to selected vehicles from the National Collection.

Locomotion Newsletter, May 2015

This year’s Spring Steam Gala will have an “East Coast Express” theme, with NER No. 1621, Stirling Single No. 1, GNR C1 No. 251 and LNER V2 No. 4771 Green Arrow all on display outside for the event. They’ll be joined by guest locomotive D49 Morayshire in steam for cab access and demonstration movements, plus FR20 in steam for passenger train rides. The main event takes place on Sunday May 3 and Monday May 4, where you’ll also find a host of trade stands offering a wide range of railway and modelling items. The preview day on Saturday May 2 will give enthusiasts the opportunity to watch our rail ops crew as they set up for the event, and the chance to take photographs of different locomotive line-ups on the sidings during the day.

Locomotion Newsletter, June 2015

Friends of the Stockton and Darlington Railway World Heritage Bid Conference takes place on Tuesday 16th and Wednesday 17th June.

Locomotion Newsletter, July 2015

From July 1, visitors to Locomotion will be able to enjoy a new tour which will reinterpret the historic buildings at the western end of the museum site. Each tour will incorporate the historic coal drops; the S&DR stables on the Black Boy Colliery branch; the 1857 goods shed and parcel office; Soho Shed; Hackworth House; and a visit to see the original Sans Pareil locomotive, built by Timothy Hackworth in 1829 to compete in the Rainhill Trials. Access to these buildings will only be available during heritage tours.

Locomotion Newsletter, August 2015

We’re delighted to announce that our Learning Team have been awarded the Sandford Award. This is an independently judged, quality assured assessment of education programme at heritage sites and museums across the UK. Locomotion was also the winner in the Best Event Durham category recently at The Journal Culture Awards 2014. The award recognises the contribution that our Mallard 75: Great Goodbye event made to North East culture.

Locomotion Newsletter, September 2015

Our 11th Annual Steam Gala takes place on Saturday September 19 & Sunday September 20. This year’s event is themed around WWII, with a locomotive line up including a relevant class of locomotive from each of the major railway companies. Guest locomotives SR No. 777 Sir Lamiel and WD No. 75254 will be in steam for the event, along with FR No. 20. Visitors will be able to enjoy cab access to locomotives in light steam, passenger train rides, miniature railway rides, trade stands, children’s art activities and more.

Locomotion Newsletter, October 2015

We’re marking the 60th anniversary of the Deltic prototype’s allocation to Speke Shed with a very special event on Saturday October 24th and Sunday October 25th. Our Diamond Deltic event, supported by, will feature DP1 on display on our events apron, and joined by special guests 55002 Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, D9009 Alycidon and 55019 Royal Highland Fusilier. Visitors will be able to enjoy passenger train rides with 55002 or D9009, plus cab access to the other Deltics. Shildon Model Railway Club will be running a layout with Deltic models, and selected trade stands will also be in attendance.

Locomotion Newsletter, September 2016

We’re relaunching the monthly newsletter with information on events and activities at Locomotion: The NRM at Shildon.

The nationwide Heritage Open Days project takes place from Thursday September 8 to Sunday September 11 this year. As part of our offer for this event, our Museum Assistants have developed a special heritage themed tour designed for visitors who wish to learn about the growth and decline of railway industry and its impact on towns and their people. Tours will be available at 11am and 2pm daily during the Heritage Open Days project.

Locomotion Newsletter, October 2016

SHILDON MODEL RAILWAY CLUB 30TH ANNUAL EXHIBITION We’re proud to be hosting Shildon Model Railway Club’s 30th Annual Exhibition on Saturday October 8 and Sunday October 9. For this special anniversary event, the Shildon Model Railway Club team have brought together a great collection of model railway layouts, complemented by a wide range of traders.

Locomotion Newslletter, November 2016

On Saturday November 5 & Sunday November 6, visitors will have the chance to get on board cabs of historic vehicles from the National Collection at our Cab It! event.

Locomotion Newsletter, Dec 2016 & Jan 2017

CAB IT! Visitors will have the chance to get on board selected vehicles from our collection at our Cab It! event on Saturday January 14 & Sunday January 15. We’ll be looking for volunteers to help steward cabs for this event – so if you’re available, please let Pam know.