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It's our 15th birthday this year and we're marking the occasion with a bunch of events and activities to celebrate the past, present and future of our historic site.

On 25 September 2004 we welcomed the first visitors to Locomotion in our shiny new Collection Building packed with lovely locos.

We've had a fantastic 15 years since then, with nearly 2.5 million people coming through our doors in the world's first railway town. Here's an infographic to tell you more about what we've been up to (also included in the gallery below).

Our 15th birthday party was fired up at our Festival of Steam event and there's plenty more to come, including the Shildon Gala on 21–22 September. We're still putting that event together, but you can keep an eye on its page for updates.

Check back here for the latest info on events celebrating our 15th year. For the full year-round programme, take a look at What's on.

15th anniversary events