Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Locomotion, Shildon



Having visited the National Railway Museum in York during the summer, I thought I'd take the opportunity to visit its sister site, Locomotion, in Shildon.

Locomotion is located right next to Shildon Railway Station, but rail connections are very infrequent so you really need to drive there or take the bus (no. 5 or 5a) from Darlington. Shildon is on the Bishop Auckland branch line and trains run every two hours in either direction.

I visited Locomotion on a Sunday (18th December 2016) and there were a lot of families there at the same time. Special shows had been put on for the children, so the whole place was a lot more noisy and busier than I expected.

It was also fairly cluttered, with plenty of junk lying around in front of the exhibits. There were a few steam locomotives, a replica of the ill-fated British Rail Advanced Passenger Train and the original blue Deltic diesel locomotive, but apart from that there was nothing really special. I seem to recall in the summer that the Flying Scotsman was visiting Shildon, but there was no sign of it during my visit. An annoying habit they seem to have developed at Shildon is to sandwich one exhibit tight up against another, which makes photography a bit of a challenge.

The Bearpark and Esh Colliery Band were performing to the visitors and that was really the highlight of my visit. I decided to record some of the band's performance, which you can see in the YouTube video at the top of this post.

A few photographs of my visit to Locomotion:

The Bearpark and Esh Colliery Band.

Black 5 Steam Locomotive.

Class 03 D2090 Diesel Shunter.

English Electric Diesel-Electric Deltic Prototype.

LNWR 2-2-2 No. 3020 Cornwall.

London and North Western Railway Hardwicke.

North Eastern No.1.

North Eastern Railway Steam Locomotive 1621.

Replica Sans Pareil.

Steam Locomotive Winston Churchill 34051.

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