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At Locomotion you can see highlights of the national collection of railway vehicles in the world’s first railway town

Displays include over 60 vehicles from the National Collection, including guest locomotives, plus interactive displays about Shildon and its railway history.  With steam train rides on selected days throughout the year, plus free arts and crafts activities for families during the school holidays and free admission and free parking this is an ideal day out for all the family.  The site includes a children’s play area, both outdoor and indoor picnic areas plus a cafe and gift shop.
Train rides operate on certain dates.
Let off steam in the children’s playground! Enjoy the outdoors and get on board the climbing frames, slides, scramble nets and swings in our railway themed adventure playground. Plus you can bring a family picnic and soak up the sunshine alongside our cherry blossom trees, with our outdoor picnic area. If the weather is against you, move indoors – enjoy your picnic on an indoor picnic table and enjoy the surroundings of the National Collection with your family.
Admission is Free of charge. Charge may apply to special events.

Locomotion at Shildon gives you the chance to discover Durham’s role in the development of the railways and offers a great FREE family friendly day out.

For latest information and events please visit the Locomotion website.
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