Heritage Traction Cab It! at The National Railway Museum at Shildon

Visit Locomotion on Saturday April 10 & Sunday April 11 for Heritage Traction Cab It! – your chance to get on board some very special vehicles in the museum’s collection.

At the Heritage Traction Cab It! event, visitors will be able to get on the footplates of DP1, the prototype Deltic; North Eastern Railway No. 1; and BR Class 71 No. E5001. A knowledgeable team of museum staff and volunteers will be on hand to give you an insight into the life of an engine driver, and answer any questions you might have on these historic vehicles.

The iconic prototype Deltic was built as a demonstrator locomotive built by English Electric in 1955. This locomotive resulted in 22 similar locomotives being ordered by British Rail, which became their Class 55.

North Eastern Railway No. 1 was built in Gateshead in 1905. It was built to work on the railway line from the Tyne quays to Newcastle upon Tyne’s mainline. This route was steep (an average of 1:27), curved and mostly in tunnel – the cab of a steam locomotive working this line would often fill with smoke, making it unpleasant and dangerous for crews. The solution to this was to make the line an electric-worked railway.

BR Class 71 No. E5001 is an electric locomotive powered either via a third rail or overhead wire. This class of locomotive pulled the famous Golden Arrow luxury boat train of the Southern Railway and later British Railways. The Golden Arrow linked London with Dover, where passengers took the ferry to Calais to join the Fleche d’Or of the Chemin de Ferd due Nord and later SNCF, which took them on to Paris.

What’s more, visitors to the museum will have the chance to enjoy a footplate ride on the Dutch diesel shunter Annette, built in 1955. Tickets, priced £5 per person, will be available from the shop in the museum’s Collection Building on the day.

Saturday April 10 & Sunday April 11, 2010
10am to 5pm
FREE admission
FREE parking

For more information on events at Locomotion: The National Railway Museum at Shildon, please contact:

George Muirhead
Museum Manager
01388 771440
[email protected]

Pam Porter
Events Officer
01388 771445
[email protected]