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Head of Steam – Darlington Railway Museum

Locomotion No. 1 (on loan from NRM)
Locomotion No. 1 (on loan from NRM)

Exhibits include Stephenson’s ‘Locomotion No.1’ built for the opening of the Stockton & Darlington Railway and ‘Derwent’, the earliest surviving Darlington-built locomotive. A wide range of smaller artefacts are displayed and the entrance hall and ticket office are restored in period style. Changing exhibitions during the season.


  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access


Station Road Darlington Co. Durham DL3 6ST

  • 01325 405 060
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Open days

Apr-Sep Tue-Sun 1000-1600. Oct-Mar Wed-Sun 1100-1530. (Closed Christmas & New Year.)


By Bus: frequent

By Rail: North Road / 0.25 miles

Imagine stepping back in time to Victorian Darlington, the town that became known as the Birthplace of the Railways.

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