Monthly newsletters from Locomotion - the National Railway Museum at Shildon.
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.
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!
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!
A full summer activity programme.
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.
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.
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.
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 awaits the arrival of the Duchess of Hamilton.
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.
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.
Family fun this sumer holiday. Model Mania, Bikes and trikes day.
Hardwicke and Dominion of Canada come to the museum.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Heritage Open Days, steam shuttles, 7th annual steam gala, Deltic 50, the arrival of the royal train coaches, and much more.
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.
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.
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.