About Us

About Us

LOCOMOTION:The National Railway Museum at Shildon

Celebrates Shildon’s history as one of the first and greatest railway towns in the world, and also has more than 70 historic vehicles from the National Collection on display.

The museum is situated on the route of the Stockton & Darlington Railway, the world’s first publicly subscribed railway. The official opening of the S&DR was held at Shildon on September 27, 1825, when George and Robert Stephenson’s Locomotion No. 1 hauled the world’s first passenger carrying train on a public railway.

The S&DR’s first locomotive superintendent was Timothy Hackworth, who maintained their locomotives at Shildon’s Soho Works. The campus of Locomotion: The National Railway Museum at Shildon now encompasses the Soho Works along with Timothy Hackworth’s former home.

Timothy Hackworth’s Sans Pareil was built in Shildon for the famous 1829 Rainhill Trials on the Liverpool & Manchester Railway, and this original locomotive is now on display at Locomotion: The National Railway Museum at Shildon.

The museum site now also features a large, modern Collection Building, where visitors can view iconic locomotive such as British Rail’s APT-E, the LNER Gresley V2 'Green Arrow', and the Royal Train of Queen Alexandra (wife of Edward VII). This building also contains the NRM Conservation Workshop where a range of railway restoration and conservation projects can be viewed, along with a café and gift shop.

Locomotion: The National Railway Museum at Shildon opened in 2004 the first national museum to be built in the North East. It is a joint venture between the National Railway Museum and Durham County Council.


The National Railway Museum is the largest railway museum in the world attracting almost 1 million visitors each year to the sites at York and Shildon.

The York museum is open daily from 10am to 6pm, and offers a busy programme of events, exhibitions, talks and tours.

For information on the National Railway Museum at York,

Please telephone +44 (0)8448 153 139 (Monday Friday, 9am 5pm)


Contact Us via the NRM enquiry page.

Alternatively, check out www.nrm.org.uk