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At Locomotion you can see highlights of the national collection of railway vehicles in the world’s first railway town.

The town of Shildon has had an exciting story to tell since the earliest days of the rail industry, making it the perfect place to explore the rich seam of local railway history and discover how the railways have changed all our lives.

Locomotion is a partnership between the Science Museum Group and Durham County Council. It first opened in 2004.

It is home to more than 70 rail vehicles from the national collection, including icons such as Sans Pareil, APT-E and Deltic prototype.

The historic buildings associated with Timothy Hackworth and the early days of the Stockton & Darlington Railway are an integral part of the site. These buildings were part of Sedgefield Borough Council’s Timothy Hackworth Museum, which became part of Locomotion upon opening.

Visitor numbers at Locomotion have far exceeded early predictions, averaging more than 175,000 annually—often boosted by amazing events such as Mallard 75 or Flying Scotsman and the Shildon Shed Bash.

Locomotion continues to go from strength to strength. Exciting plans are being developed for the future of the site, including restoration of its historic buildings, promotion of our incredible National Collection vehicles, and building on our relationships with the local community and our neighbours in the cultural sector.

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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 and toilets are available at the site. Please contact Locomotion in advance to reserve a wheelchair.

Collection details

Land Transport, Social History







01904 685780

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