Exhibition 2021

Rail Heritage Exhibition 

Sunday 5th September 2021


(Free Entry = No Tickets Required)


Having been originally due to take place in late September  last year, but subsequently cancelled owing to the Covid situation, this event will go ahead this year on Sunday 5th September 2021.


The exhibition is to mark four years remaining until the forthcoming steam passenger railway bicentenary in 2025 and will tell something of the story of its origins as well as of some of the people influential in the founding of the Stockton & Darlington Railway and its subsequent successes. It will also explain why Shildon, Etherley, Brusselton, West Auckland and Witton Park were of such strategic importance to the visionary families that pioneered long distance rail transport..


The exhibition will take place in our main hall. It will commence at 12 noon, and run until 4 pm, and will comprise of contributions from numerous heritage groups from the west end of the Stockton & Darlington Railway route who will be showing parts of their collections. This should be quite a spectacle.

The exhibition will also explore the role of our Railway Institute, the first such Institute to be associated with the railways worldwide, as well as the Shildon Works based here in the world's first industrial railway town. It will also show how even though the works closed decades ago rail engineering is not yet completely finished here in Shildon, and reveal something we can look forward to seeing in the future. There will also be an opportunity to buy local rail themed gifts from The Railway Station who offer a unique range of Stockton & Darlington Railway themed items.


It promises to be a chuffing good day