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New Hall is now open!

We are open 7 days a week (except 24–26 December). See the Visit page for more info.

If you're a school or a group, book your free tickets here.

About us

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

The town of Shildon has had an exciting story to tell since the earliest days of the rail industry, making it the perfect place to explore the rich seam of local railway history and discover how the railways have changed all our lives.

Locomotion is now bigger and better than ever. In May 2024, we opened a brand new 47-vehicle collections building, New Hall, making Locomotion home to the biggest undercover collection of historic rail vehicles in Europe. Find out more about our transformation. 

History of the museum

Who We Are

Friends of the National Railway Museum: North East Branch

The Friends play a vital role in supporting our work, contributing significant amounts to large projects such as restorations and supporting other activities on a regular basis—they even do regular talks at the museum, sharing intriguing stories from railway history.

Find out how you can contribute or become a member.