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Locomotion

Durham

Railways

Locomotion, in Shildon, County Durham, is a branch of the National Railway Museum. It is sited near Timothy Hackworth's Soho Works on the Stockton and Darlington Railway.

Hackworth was, alongside the Stephensons, one of the pioneers of railway in the early 1800s. He was closely involved with the Stockton Darlington Railway, which opened on 27 September 1825 when a train hauled by Locomotion No1 took two hours to complete the 12 mile journey from Shildon to Darlington. He entered an engine of his own design in the famous Rainhill trials, which were won by Stephenson’s Rocket. His engines were shipped all over the world include to both Russia and Canada.

As well as preserving buildings and objects from the Soho Works, the museum houses numerous significant item of railway history, and has a rotating programme of displays.

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