This was Darlington’s original rail Station; a Grade II listed building on the route of the original 1825 Stockton to Darlington railway, adjacent to the old Great North Road. You can now find Darlington’s railway museum the Head of Steam, at the historic site, celebrating the pioneering Quakers who made the dream of steam a reality and brought the world rail travel. The museum has Locomotion No1 in its collection.
After its £1.7m refurbishment in 2007/8 the ‘Golden Age of Steam’ has been brought right up to date. It is a great place for family days out and easy to reach by the Bishop Line so you can leave the car at home and enjoy the train journey together.
The famous Skerne Bridge seen upon the recent £5 Bank of England note is near by (just a 10 minutes walk from the station). There are plenty of local shops and a retail park with a large supermarket within walking distance where meals and refreshments are available.
Close to the Station are the Hopetown works where the “Tornado” an A1 Peppercorn Pacific steam engine was recently built.
For more information on the facilities at North Road Station visit the National Rail website.