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Summer at Locomotion

The sun is out and so is Flying Scotsman!

The legendary loco will be on display and running rides and other special experiences until Sunday 18 August.

The summer fun continues with Shildon by the Sea, our beach full of deck chairs where you can relax with an ice cream. Plus, family make-and-do activities and train rides with our replica Rocket steam engine and diesel shunter.

In August we'll also be running Lego week and model railway week, as if there wasn't enough to do already with New Hall and Main Hall packed with locomotives, carriages, wagons and other railway-related wonders for you to discover.


Flying Scotsman rides

20–25 July, 13–18 August, 11.00–15.40, £5pp

A rare opportunity to ride on a train hauled by the world's most famous steam locomotive. Head to our Flying Scotsman rides page to see all the details and book tickets.

Flying Scotsman footplate experience

20–25 July, 13–18 August, from 11.00, £75pp—SOLD OUT!

Experience real steam operations with an exclusive ride on Flying Scotsman's footplate along our historic railway line. Head to the Flying Scotsman footplate experience page to find out all the details and book tickets.

Flying Scotsman cab access

27 July – 11 August 2024, 10.30–15.50, free

Ever dreamed of sitting in Flying Scotsman's driver's seat? Climb on board and imagine yourself as the driver in charge of the controls. Our knowledgeable guides will tell you all about the inner workings of this famous locomotive. Find out more on the Flying Scotsman cab access page.

Curator Evening with Flying Scotsman

Selected dates in July and August, 18.00–20.00, £120pp

An exclusive evening with a special curator-led tour showcasing the history of the Flying Scotsman service and the legendary locomotive itself. Head to our Curator Evening with Flying Scotsman page to see all the details and book tickets.

Support coach tour

20 July – 18 August, 10.30–15.50, £8pp

A rare chance to take a behind-the-scenes look at the support coach which travels with Flying Scotsman. Find out more on the Support coach tour page.

Train rides

Selected dates in July and August, 11.00–15.30, £4pp

Enjoy a trip along our historic railway line hauled by our replica Rocket steam engine or our diesel shunter. Head to the Train rides page for the full timetable.

Exclusive access mornings

Selected dates in July and August, 08.00–10.00, £25pp

Visit Locomotion without the crowds! Numbers are limited for this exclusive access session to explore the largest undercover collection of historic railway vehicles in Europe. Find out more and book tickets on the Exclusive access mornings page.

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