Shildon – the “Cradle” of the railways

New artwork on Shildon PlatformShildon is considered to be the “Cradle Of The Railways” as the town grew considerably when the Stockton and Darlington Railway established its workshops there in 1825. The company owned much of the land and provided steady work so the population grew considerably.

The works unfortunately closed in 1984 but Shildon’s connections with the birth of the railway industry, notably through the efforts of Timothy Hackworth, continue to be marked by the Locomotion Museum, which opened in September 2004 as part of the National Railway Museum. It is based on the former “Timothy Hackworth Victorian Railway Museum”, and houses several locomotives from the National Collection, including a replica of Timothy Hackworth’s, Sans Pareil.

The Museum has a café which serves light refreshments and excellent facilities including disabled toilets and baby change. Entry to the museum is free of charge but all donations are gratefully accepted.

The town centre, to the north west of the station, has a number of independent shops and a supermarket.

For more information on the facilities at Shildon Station visit the National Rail website.