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198th Anniversary event at Locomotion Shildon

23/09/2023 @ 10:00 AM - 24/09/2023 @ 4:00 PM

The Friends of the S&DR is celebrating the 198th Anniversary of the Stockton & Darlington Railway over the weekend of 23rd and 24th September at Locomotion, Shildon, Co Durham DL4 2RE from 10am to 4pm each day.

The Friends and its associated groups will have stalls together with heritage displays and there will be other exciting events (See Locomotion’s Website).

We are pleased to announce that there will be talk on Sat 23rd Sept. at 11am –

TIMOTHY HACKWORTH, the man who engineered a future for the Locomotive by Prof Mike Norman.                                                  

Please note that the talk will take place in the Sunday School Building at the historic end of Locomotion’s site (the Sunday School is situated on the corner of Soho Street and Station Street, Shildon, Co Durham DL4 1PQ). The talk is free and commences at 11am with doors open at 10.30am

 ‘The delivery of power to the steam locomotive  was the key to its adoption and success. What ends with the engineering accomplishments of   Sir Nigel Gresley started with the engineering achievements of Timothy Hackworth. His story includes the missed opportunity of Hackworth’s most powerful design, the markers he laid down  for the Stockton and Darlington Railway before they were taken up and used by others and his unique contribution to the works at Shildon’.


Mike’s background in IT was at the forefront of the technology of the Information Revolution & he now  draws on that experience in defining the pioneering key developments of the Steam Locomotive. He is  the author of ‘It Wasn’t Rocket Science’-a biography of the life and times of Timothy Hackworth which, set during preparations for the 1893 Chicago Exposition, is told through the eyes of a grandson.

PLEASE BOOK A PLACE – Please go on Locomotion’s Website into Events where you can book a place for the talk at this page or email the Secretary of the Friends: Jonathan.ratcliffe@sdr1825.org.uk who can place the booking for you.


23/09/2023 @ 10:00 AM
24/09/2023 @ 4:00 PM


Friends of the S&DR
Locomotion, Shildon


Locomotion, Shildon