Stockton & Darlington Railway Heritage, Come Have Your Say.


We need your help to shape the future of our unique railway heritage in the run-up to the 200th anniversary of the Stockton and Darlington Railway in September 2025.

An exciting programme has been established which aims to celebrate the vision and innovation that led to the creation of the Stockton and Darlington Railway in 1825, which transformed the way in which the world transports goods and people.

Real momentum is gathering to scope out what activities, projects and events could be planned to celebrate the vision and innovation that led to its creation.

A big part of this programme is to create a world class visitor offer, effectively telling the stories along the length of the whole line and at certain key places along it. We hope to tell the stories of the pioneers and inventors of the Stockton and Darlington Railway and the impact it has had on local communities and across the globe.

Now we are asking for people to have their say on what the key stories should be and what events and activities they would like to see as part of the project at drop-in events during February half term to capture people’s thoughts and ideas.

The events taking place are being held at the three key sites along the line:

  • Preston Park Museum in Stockton (Tuesday 19 February, 10am – 2pm)
  • Locomotion in Shildon (Wednesday 20 February, 10am – 2pm)
  • Head of Steam Museum in Darlington (Saturday 23 February, 11am – 3pm)

If you are interested in having your say but cannot get to one of the events, then please get in touch by emailing the Stockton and Darlington Railway Heritage Project Manager at Kirsty.mcgready@teesvalley-ca.gov.uk