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Darlington Locomotive Works

Richard Barber explores locomotive builders who based their workshops in Darlington.

In the second talk by the Friends of the National Railway Museum North East branch, Richard Barber looks at the locomotive builders who have had railway workshops in Darlington.

His tour includes W&A Kitchens, North Road & Stooperdale works and Robert Stephenson & Hawthorns. There is also a brief look at J F Wakes, who refurbished locomotives for further use. Richard concludes with a look into the resurgence of locomotive and train building in the town and its suburbs.

About the speaker

Richard Barber’s interest in railways started off in the late 1950s with the railway line to Saltburn passing the street where he lived and watched the trains go by. With a father in the British Railways civil engineers department, Richard was taken to many railway locations where trains ceased to run many years ago. A boilermaker by trade (now retired), Richard started off helping to build bridges and large civil structures around the worldand ended his working career as works engineer for a large chemical company in Teesside.

His interest in rail preservation started off as a volunteer at the Middleton Railway in the late 1960s and getting involved in the 1975 celebrations at Darlington and Shildon, before joining the Armstrong Trust in 1990. Following retirement in 2013 he became a volunteer at Locomotion where he can be found as part of the Rail Ops crew.

Find out more about the Friends on their website.

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