Head of Steam
|Location||Darlington, County Durham, England|
|Website||Head of Steam website|
Head of Steam, formerly known as the Darlington Railway Centre and Museum, is a railway museum that 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 formerly served by the North Eastern Railway with a particular focus on the Stockton & Darlington Railway and the railway industry of Darlington.
The museum currently has four locomotives on display. They are all on loan from the National Railway Museum.
|Number & Name||Year||Description||Livery||History|
|Locomotion No. 1||1825||S&DR 0-4-0||N/A||
Locomotion No. 1 was built 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 27 September 1825. It spent many years on display at Darlington Bank Top railway station before finally being put on display in the museum.
|No. 25 Derwent||1845||S&DR 0-6-0||Green||
No. 25 Derwent was designed by Timothy Hackworth and built by William and Alfred Kitching 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.
|No. 1463||1885||NER 1463 (LNER E5) 2-4-0||NER Apple Green|
|No. 901||1919||NER T3 (LNER Q7) 0-8-0||LNER Black||
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.
The museum holds a large model of the Stockton & Darlington Railway which can be seen in the images below.
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