Locomotion: The National Railway Museum at Shildon

Locomotion: The National Railway Museum at Shildon







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Locomotion was the first national museum to be built in the North East and opened in 2004.

At Locomotion there is always something new to see and do. The museum is home to many vehicles from the national railway collection and regularly welcomes guest locomotives and exhibitions. Locomotion explores our railway heritage through interactive displays and offers an exciting events programme for all the family.

Shildon was the home of the first ever steam hauled passenger train which operated during the opening ceremony of the Stockton and Darlington Railway in 1825. Visitors to the museum can see Timothy Hackworth's pioneering locomotive "Sans Pareil", built in 1829 to compete in the Rainhill Trials.

Visitors may also enjoy a ride on our passenger steam train service, on special event days throughout the year - a small charge applies (Please visit www.nrm.org.uk/locomotion for details of our steam timetable).

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Opening hours

10am - 4pm during winter (November-March)
10am - 5pm in summer (April-October)
Closed 24-26 Dec and 1 Jan

Admission charges

Admission free

Additional info

Visitors with Disabilities: Locomotion is fully wheelchair accessible. A bus is available to transport visitors around the site and toilets are available throughout the museum. Please contact Locomotion in advance to reserve a wheelchair.

Collection details

Land Transport, Social History

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

S160 2253 - ex US Army Transportation Corps locomotive

  • 1 June 2014 — 30 September 2015 *on now

Guest locomotive S160 2253, an ex US Army Transportation Corps locomotive that was built by Baldwins in Philadelphia, USA, in 1943, has joined the displays at the museum.

It has works number 69469 and 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.

The locomotive was first shipped to England, landing in May 1943 and allocated to the LNER, shedded at Leeds Neville Hill. It worked for 15 months before being shipped to France in September 1944, and formed part of the successful war effort to liberate Europe from Nazi oppression.

It was eventually sold as part of the Marshall Plan to the PKP, Polish State Railways, where it worked successfully until 1985, when it was finally withdrawn at Olesnica works.

It was then bought by UK locomotive owning company SPS and moved to the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, arriving in October 1992. It ran on the NYMR for seven years, covering 41,000 miles before boiler issues stopped the engine.

The locomotive can now be seen the Collection building at NRM Shildon.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly



Railway and landscape art - Stephen Bainbridge

  • 30 March — 27 April 2015 *on now

Stephen Bainbridge's artworks often reflect his lifelong passion for the days of steam railways, but he has also produced works of other technical subjects and landscapes.

Stephen always aims to produce paintings that are detailed and technically accurate while portraying the atmosphere of the days of steam.

Having spent many happy hours at Peterborough and Grantham in his youth, Stephen has a particular interest in Sir Nigel Gresley and his locomotives.

Stephen has worked in the acrylic medium for 40 years, initially developing techniques under the tutelage of the professional artist Noel Gregory.

Born in Leicester, Stephen Bainbridge taught in Buckinghamshire for 36 years before retiring to move to the North, initially living in Cumbria before moving to Newton Aycliffe, County Durham, where he now lives with his wife Shelagh.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly