Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)


Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)


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Byline: Keith Newton

Family Day Out at Locomotion

THE Prime Minister has been and so have 50,000 others.

They all went to a new museum that only opened at the end of September and was expecting just 60,000 visitors in its first year.

It's a happy case of rethinking targets as old railway engines clearly still have plenty of pulling power.

Tony Blair and the crowds have been flocking to a new attraction called Locomotion, the Shildon offshoot of the National Railway Museum at York and part of the Science Museum's family.

It houses engines, coaches and other rolling stock from the extensive national collection.

Come along to see the famous and impressive Flying Scotsman which came for the Prime Minister, went and will be back again from Monday, until the end of the month at least.

See too the mighty blue prototype of the Deltic, which was in its time the world's most powerful diesel loco.

The original British and sadly rejected Advanced Passenger Train, APT-E, will be there. This was the world's first tilting train, but was scrapped before the technology could be fully developed.

Its two coaches are already at Shildon and its two power cars will be joining them by next weekend.

This will make an imposing four-piece combination that most people will have never seen, except on news film or in the model versions that were put on sale prematurely.

They are part of a collection of 60 railway vehicles at Locomotion.

Others are Bo-Bo Electric No1 and the beautifully restored North-eastern Railway snowplough No12 which kept lines in the North-east clear.

Do not miss the British Rail Mark 1 Carriage, an example of British Rail's first standard design of passenger carriage or more importantly, the Stockton And Darlington Railway composite, which provided both first and second class compartments.

Steam locomotive No 901 was one of the most powerful built by the North-eastern Railway and the Stockton And Darlington Railway's Chaldron wagon shows the traditional method of transporting coal in the North-east from the 1750s.

Shildon is an apt location for Locomotion as it was technically the birthplace of passenger railways, as the world's first passenger trains ran from the town. …

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