Darlington Railway Centre and Museum
|Darlington Railway Centre and Museum|
|Location||Darlington, County Durham, England|
|Website||Head of Steam website|
Darlington Railway Centre and Museum, is located on the 1825 route of the Stockton and Darlington Railway which was the world's first steam powered passenger railway. It is based inside the station building at the North Road railway station. Its exhibits are devoted to the area formally served by the North Eastern Railway with a particular focus on the Stockton & Darlington Railway and the railway industry of Darlington.
In April 2008, it was re-branded as Head of Steam, following a £1.7m refurbishment project.
The museum currently has four locomotives on display. They are all on loan from the National Railway Museum.
|Number & Name||Description||History||Livery||Photograph|
|Locomotion No. 1||S&DR 0-4-0||Locomotion No. 1 was built in 1825 by George Stephenson for the world's first public railway, the Stockton and Darlington Railway. It was responsible for hauling the first train on the line on September 27th 1825. It spent many years on display at Darlington Bank Top railway station before finally being put on display in the museum.||N/A|
|No. 25 Derwent||S&DR 0-6-0||No. 25 Derwent was designed by Timothy Hackworth and built by William and Alfred Kitching in 1845 for use on the Stockton and Darlington Railway. It spent many years on display with Locomotion No. 1 at Darlington Bank Top station before being put on display in the museum.||Green||~|
|No. 1463||NER 1463 (LNER E5) 2-4-0||Built in 1885. This engine was designed by Henry Tennant and Thomas W. Worsdell for use on express trains. It spent a large portion of its preserved career on display in the original York Railway Museum.||NER Apple Green||~|
|No. 901||NER T3 (LNER Q7) 0-8-0||Built in 1919. This engine was designed by Sir Vincent Raven for use on heavy freight trains. In the 1980s, it was loaned to the North Eastern Locomotive Preservation Group which restored it to working order. It then spent several years working on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway before its withdrawal. It was put on display in the museum during its refurbishment in 2008.||LNER Black||~|
The museum holds a large model of the Stockton & Darlington Railway which can be seen in the images below.
- Pyrah, Lauren (5 April 2008). "Weekend of fun ahead at rail museum's reopening". The Northern Echo. Retrieved 10 June 2013.
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