Flying Scotsman

Curator Talks (Shildon)

Find out all you ever wanted to know about the superstar locomotive from our experts at these fun and informal talks. All talks start at 2pm in the Hackworth Room and last approximately 45 minutes. Tickets £5 per person – to book please call 01388 777999.

Saturday July 23 Flying Scotsman, The Train, The Loco, The Legend Bob Gwynne National Railway Museum Associate Curator Bob Gwynne unravels the story behind the train service and the locomotive, showing how they become inseparable in the public mind despite being two distinct things.
Sunday July 24 What about the Cuckoo Clock? Anthony Coulls National Railway Museum Senior Curator Anthony Coulls looks at how Flying Scotsman caught the attention of model makers, souvenir sellers and artists since its introduction.
Monday July 25 A brief encounter with Flying Scotsman Sam Woods A selection of images from the Armstrong Railway Preservation Trust.
Tuesday July 26 Service and Style Andrew McLean National Railway Museum Head Curator Andrew McLean investigates the passenger experience of the first London to Edinburgh Express service which became the Flying Scotsman, and how it affected passenger travel over the decades.
Thursday July 28 Rebuilding the Icon Colin Green Director of Riley & Son (E) Ltd, Colin Green talks about the overhaul and commissioning of the locomotive, carried out at Bury in Lancashire.
Friday July 29 Preserving the Old Ways: The Reinvention of Flying Scotsman Andrew McLean National Railway Museum Head Curator Andrew McLean discusses the locomotive as a symbol of nostalgia and the passing of the steam age.
Saturday July 30 Rebuilding the Icon Colin Green Director of Riley & Son (E) Ltd, Colin Green talks about the overhaul and commissioning of the locomotive, carried out at Bury in Lancashire.
Sunday July 31 Running the Legend Anthony Coulls National Railway Museum Senior Curator Anthony Coulls looks back to the operation of Flying Scotsman over 2004-2005 when the National Railway Museum had just acquired it.

Tickets £5 per person – to book please call 01388 777999.

Getting to Locomotion: The National Railway Museum at Shildon

We’re located here in County Durham.

Due to Locomotion’s location within a residential area of Shildon, there will be no free public parking at the museum during the Shed Bash. Park & Ride services will be available from Hardwick Park (East Park on outskirts of Sedgefield, TS21 2DN) and Bishop Auckland college (Woodhouse Lane, DL14 6JZ) at a charge of £3 per person. Park & Ride services will run from 8.30am to 6.30pm (last buses leave Collection at 6pm). To respect the needs of local residents, we would ask all visitors to use Park & Ride facilities or public transport rather than parking on the roadside in Shildon.

For visitors with disabilities, there will be a limited number of allocated disabled parking spaces at the Collection Building (Main Car Park – use postcode DL4 2RE) along with limited disabled spaces at the western end of site at Car Park C (use postcode DL4 1PQ). Access to disabled parking bays will be allocated on a first come, first served basis and will only be given to visitors displaying a disabled parking badge. If onside disabled parking is full or you have mobility issues but are not registered disabled please speak to a member of staff about drop-off points.