Visitors to Locomotion, Shildon, will have the chance to see Class 66 No. 66779 on outdoor display at a special event to launch a new models box set from Locomotionmodels.com.
The grand launch for Locomotionmodels.com’s new Evening Star models box set will take place at Locomotion, Shildon, on Saturday June 30 and Sunday July 1 2018.
Suitable for all the family, the event will feature a range of activities which celebrate modern rail traction.
Thanks to GB Railfreight, Class 66 No, 66779 Evening Star will be on display on the museum’s outdoor events area. The last member of its class, this locomotive was named by GB Railfreight in May 2016. Visitors will have the chance to take a closer look at this locomotive, including inside the driver’s cab, throughout the event weekend.
Locomotion’s Class 03 diesel shunter D2090 will also be on outdoor display, whilst inside the museum’s Collection Building, visitors will find a modern image model railway on show, operated by Shildon Model Railway Club.
Access sessions to Locomotion’s Workshop will also be available during the event, where participants will have the chance to learn more about current and future cosmetic restoration projects. Plus – for a small charge – visitors can enjoy a passenger train ride behind Locomotion’s Class 08 diesel shunter 08911 Matey.
Bob Tiller, GB Railfreight’s Engineering Director, said:
“We are thrilled that train enthusiasts and museum visitors alike will have an opportunity to get up close and personal with one of GB Railfreight’s most prized locomotives over the course of what looks set to be a fantastic weekend.
Events like this are also a great opportunity to educate the younger generation about the railways, and possibly even encourage some to think about taking up a career in the sector, in years ahead.”
Anthony Coulls, the National Railway Museum’s Senior Curator of Rail Transport & Technology, added:
“The National Railway Museum is delighted to showcase the best of modern traction in both full size and miniature this weekend. The museum is as much about the present and future of the railways, and we hope the Class 66 will inspire as much as its steam ancestors did.”
The exclusive edition Evening Star models box set from Locomotionmodels.com features OO-gauge models of Class 66 No. 66779 Evening Star, and Class 9F No. 92220 Evening Star, the last steam locomotive to be built by British Railways.
Locomotion is open from 10.00 to 17.00 daily. Parking and admission are free of charge. Please note that there is a charge for train rides.
For more information, please call the museum team on 01904 685780.
For more information about Locomotion, contact:
Pam Porter, Events Officer, Locomotion
For more information about GB Railfreight, contact:
020 3397 0100
- Locomotion offers visitors the chance to see highlights of the national collection of railway vehicles in Shildon, the world’s first railway town
- Locomotion forms part of the Science Museum Group, along with the Science Museum in London, the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester, the National Science and Media Museum in Bradford and the National Railway Museum in York
- Locomotion is a partnership between the Science Museum Group and Durham County Council, which is a major funder of the museum
- Admission to Locomotion is free
- For more information visit www.locomotion.org.uk
- Follow us at twitter.com/LocomotionSHD
About GB Railfreight
- Founded in 1999 and headquartered in London, United Kingdom, GB Railfreight is the third largest rail freight operator in the United Kingdom, with a turnover in excess of GBP 120m
- GB Railfreight is one of the fastest growing companies in the railway sector and transports goods for a wide range of customers.
For further information, visit www.gbrailfreight.com