Monthly Archives: September 2010

Gresley Gala at Shildon – preview part 2

Just a quick update and preview in the midst of shunting and lighting fires. If you needed a reason to come to Shildon this weekend for the 6th annual Steam Gala, then see if these photos persuade you – a … Continue reading

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Shildon Steam Gala Prelude

One of the highlights each year in the calendar at Locomotion is the annual Shildon Steam Gala. This year is a bit of a celebration – not only of the 6th anniversary of opening and recent millionth visitor, but also the … Continue reading

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Punch and Victorian Railway Poetry

We may think that today’s trains fail to run on time, but in the 19th century, stories of train unpunctuality and railway grievances were also common. Public complaints in newspapers reflected concerns about punctuality and safety. Punch Magazine articles and … Continue reading

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George Earl: portraits of a shooting season

Last week I was asked to give a group talk about two paintings that are on display in Station Hall at the NRM; ‘Going North, Kings Cross Station’ and ‘Coming South, Perth Station’ by George Earl. These Victorian realist works … Continue reading

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Locomotion wanderings: Mallard with ‘mouth’ open, and more

I’ve been getting my head down on paperwork and meetings this last week or so. But a day in the office at Shildon led to me having a walkabout for some fresh air – and I took the camera with … Continue reading

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Shildon’s 1 millionth visitor(s)

Yesterday was a special day for the National Railway Museum at Shildon: the sister museum to the NRM at York racked up 1,000,000 visitors – 10 years ahead of schedule. NRM Director Steve Davies and Durham County Council’s Rosemary Laxton … Continue reading

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Class 37 loco update

This year is the 50th anniversary of the entry into service of the English Electric Type 3 – otherwise known as the Class 37. We’re commemorating this with a Diesel Anniversary Weekend in York in October – but for the … Continue reading

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