Head of Steam

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Head of Steam
Head of Steam is located in County Durham
Head of Steam
Red pog.svg Darlington Railway Centre shown within County Durham
OS grid reference  NZ288157
LocationDarlington, County Durham, England
Coordinates54°32′10″N 1°33′18″W / 54.536°N 1.555°W / 54.536; -1.555
TypeRailway museum
CuratorLeona White-Hannant[2]
WebsiteHead 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.[3]


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

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
NER E5 2-4-0 1463 (1885) Head of Steam, Darlington 30.06.2009 P6300112 (10192722204).jpg

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.

No. 901 1919 NER T3 (LNER Q7) 0-8-0 LNER Black
LNER Q7 0-8-0 901 (1919) Head of Steam, Darlington 30.06.2009 P6300110 (10192857226).jpg

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.

Model railway[edit]

The museum holds a large model of the Stockton & Darlington Railway which can be seen in the images below.


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