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

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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.

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, 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 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 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 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, 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, 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, June 2015

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

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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, April 2014

Another packed list of events.

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, 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, 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.

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