Locomotion is a branch of the National Railway Museum (see York) that incorporates the earlier museum established in Shildon commemorating the achievements in the development of the steam locomotive of Timothy Hackworth, builder of Sans Pareil, a competitor in the Rainhill Trials, Hackworth established a works at Shildon in 1826 that originally built locomotives, but which became the main wagon-building plant of the North Eastern Railway, and remained in production until 1984. The complex includes Soho Cottage, the modest home of the Hackworth family, an iron merchant’s warehouse of the 1820s that was associated with the wagon works, a range of coal drops characteristic of the North Eastern Railway, and a 552 sq m modern building in which are displayed about 60 vehicles from the collection of the National Railway Museum.

DL4 1PQ Shildon
United Kingdom
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